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October 3, 2013

Stabbing suspect heading to trial

BOSWELL — A homeless man accused of stabbing a patron of a Windber social club last month in a dispute over money will head to trial for attempted homicide.

Aaron Charles Gill, 27, who has no listed address, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer of Boswell.

Paint Township police said Gill allegedly stabbed Shawn Becker three times in the back with a knife while at the Slovak Club on Sept. 6.

Becker was treated at Windber Medical Center.

In a court document, Paint Township police said they were called to the club, located in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue, at around 8 p.m. When police spotted Gill walking on Jackson Avenue, the man threw the knife away, they said.

Police said they found the knife and arrested Gill.

They charged him with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Gill told police a man named Shawn owed him $155 and refused to pay.

Becker told police he didn’t even know Gill.

A woman who was at the club gave a written statement saying that just prior to the stabbing, Gill mumbled to her asking if she liked cats.

“He was hard to understand. I asked him to repeat himself a few times,” she said. “He did not seem to like my response or my friends as we are ‘dog people.’ ”

Gill was returned to the Somerset County Jail where he is being held on $100,000 bond.

He is being represented by the public defender’s office.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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