Churchgoer pleads not guilty in Sunday service slaying

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Posted: Jun 14, 2016 1:54 AM

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia church member has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of a fellow churchgoer who was killed after he became verbally disruptive during Sunday services and punched the other man in the face.

Police say Mark Storms killed 27-year-old Robert Braxton III in late April during church services in North Wales.

Investigators say Storms ordered Braxton to leave after showing him a concealed weapons permit badge and a handgun. Court documents say Braxton punched Storms, who then shot Braxton twice.

The 46-year-old Lansdale man on Monday waived his upcoming arraignment and pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges.

Storms remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

Defense attorney, Vincent DiFabio, couldn't immediately be reached for comment. He has said he'll argue self-defense.