Suspect held for trial in Columbia homicide

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A man accused of a shooting death in Columbia last month has been held for trial.

Mario Casanova-Lanzo, 36, appeared for a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Robert Herman, who found enough evidence to send the case to Lancaster County Court and set a formal arraignment for April 24.

Casanova-Lanzo faces charges of criminal homicide and burglary for allegedly breaking into his estranged wife's home at 224 North Third Street and fatally shooting 36-year-old Parrish Thaxton on the night of February 20, according to police.

Thaxton, of Bronx, N.Y., was shot in the head and died in a second-floor bedroom.

Casanova-Lanzo's estranged wife told police that she was in the room when the shooting occurred and identified Casanova-Lanzo as the shooter, according to the criminal complaint.

Casanova-Lanzo remains in the Lancaster County Prison without bail.

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