York man accused of homicide also facing assault charges
The victim of an alleged assault said Wednesday the man who shot him did so in self-defense.
Kameron Orr, 24, of 542 W. King St., had a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and reckless endangerment.
He's accused of pulling a gun and shooting Willie Butler Jr., 34, on Aug. 1, according to charging documents.
In addition to striking Butler in the forearm and the chest, bullets from the incident hit a neighbor's house and, according to Butler, a truck parked nearby.
Acted in "self-defense': Butler was the only witness to testify at the hearing.
Butler said he saw Orr standing outside Butler's house in the 700 block of West Mason Avenue on Aug. 1 and thought Orr was there to apologize for insulting his fiancee, Orr's cousin, a week earlier.
"He called my old lady a b----," he said.
He said Orr would not apologize, so Butler advanced with the intent to harm Orr, Butler said.
"I went toward him... because he was disrespecting me in front of my home," he said. "I was going to put my hands on him."
Butler said he got within arms reach when Orr started shooting, discharging five or six bullets.
Butler said he was grazed in the chest and was shot in the forearm as a friend pulled him back into the house.
At the hearing, he was wearing a glove to assist with circulation, a result of the shooting.
"He wasn't trying to kill me, he was trying to scare me," he said.
"He responded back in self-defense," Butler said, "I'm just being honest with you."
Butler testified that he was not carrying a gun at the time of the shooting and that he does not own a gun. He said a gun found in his house was not his.
Going to court: Chief public defender Bruce Blocher said an argument could be made for self-defense, but self-defense is not considered in a preliminary hearing, which is held to determine whether enough evidence exists to forward charges to county court.
Deputy prosecutor Kara Bowser said there was enough probable cause for aggravated assault because Butler said that Orr kept firing even as Butler retreated back to his home.
District Judge Joel Toluba agreed, forwarding the charges to Common Pleas court.
Butler is currently serving time in York County Prison on drug charges and failing to register as a sex offender.
Orr is also facing charges for the unrelated August 2015 homicide of Ruby Mercado.
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