Roger Eugene Penman, one of two men accused of killing a Midvale storage unit resident manager last October, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and felony theft.
Penman, 25, is accused of killing Spencer Nielson, 53, who was shot with a shotgun at a storage unit business, 111 S. Allen St., Midvale, on Oct. 31. Third Circuit Judge Philip Palmer ruled enough evidence exists to support the charges and ordered Penman to appear Aug. 1 before 3rd District Judge John Rokich.A second defendant, Wendall Devon Baer, 29, remains at large.
During a preliminary hearing last month, Baer's brother, Kevin, who is being held as a material witness, said that he saw Penman and Monte Johnson go into Nielson's residence to "clean up the mess" following a burglary and robbery, in which valuable artifacts were stolen.
That "mess" involved comments made during the robbery in which Penman called his partners by name. Prosecutors allege Nielson was killed so he wouldn't be able to give police those names.
Baer testified that he assumed Johnson was the one who pulled the trigger, though Baer said he had no way of knowing that for certain.
Johnson has not been charged criminally because prosecutors believe Penman fired the fatal shotgun blast.