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Court appearance continued for Brian St. John

LOCK HAVEN – The first court appearance for Brian St. John III, charged with criminal homicide in the death of Jakob L. Haines, 21, last Friday night, has been continued.

The proceeding, originally scheduled for Central Court today, is now scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Central Court.

The defendant made a brief appearance via Zoom with his attorney, David Lindsay, before the announcement was made to continue the proceeding.

St. John, 19, of Lock Haven, remains in the Clinton County Correctional Facility without bail.

According to state police at Lamar, St. John was holding the Taurus Judge revolver and shot Haines in the chest during a gathering at the St. John residence 330 Brewery Hollow Road, Woodward Township.

Police said St. John told them they “were messing around with the gun and it went off.”

St. John and Haines, of Beech Creek, were described as friends by police.

Haines was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna who said death was due to a close contact gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was homicide.

Meanwhile funeral services for Jakob Haines are scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, 217 Main St., Beech Creek. A viewing for friend and family will be held from 3-5 p.m. prior to the services.

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