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Lawmaker’s home searched in teen’s death

/ Source: The Associated Press

Police on Wednesday searched a state senator’s home for evidence in the investigation of a teenage neighbor who was killed with a gun belonging to the lawmaker.

State police would not say specifically what they were looking for and the warrant was sealed.

Police and state Sen. Bob Regola confirmed the 14-year-old boy was shot last month with Regola’s gun, but tests to determine whether the boy shot himself accidentally or on purpose, or was shot by someone else, were still pending Wednesday.

No charges had been filed.

The boy had a key to Regola’s house and had been caring for the senator’s dogs at the time of the shooting. He was last seen the night of July 21 and was found by his father the next morning in woods behind Regola’s home.

Regola, 43, had been in Harrisburg with his wife that night and morning, a spokesman has said. Regola’s 16-year-old son, Robert IV, was home for at least part of the night the teen was shot.

Regola was not home when the search began Wednesday.

Regola’s attorney, Mark Rush, said state police interviewed Regola and his son extensively last month, but Trooper Steve Barto said Wednesday that attorneys for the two have denied recent requests for interviews.

“I have advised them if they have follow-up questions, I’d be more than happy to get them the information they need,” Rush said.

Duke George, the attorney for Regola’s son, said he wouldn’t consent to another interview “because it’s gotten so adversarial. It’s gotten to the point now that I don’t know where they’re going with this. They’re looking to make something out of this whole scenario and I have to protect my client.”