DA drops death penalty in Chambersburg murder case

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Franklin County prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty for a Chambersburg man charged in a fatal shooting during a 2012 home invasion.

District Attorney Matthew Fogal said he has withdrawn the Notice of Aggravating Circumstances in the case of Carl L. Varner.

Varner, 55, is awaiting trial in the Oct. 2012 shooting death of 29-year-old Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin during a home invasion robbery at 310 East King Street.

Authorities say Varner and a co-defendant, 39-year-old Jason C. Shauf of
Chambersburg, had demanded money from people in the home before Varner shot and killed Campos-Olguin in a bathroom.

Because Varner and Shauf will be tried together, and a first-degree murder charge against Shauf was withdrawn, Fogal said prosecutors were prevented from pursuing the death penalty in Shauf's case.

Fogal said prosecutors have also discovered evidence concerning Varner's metal health history.

He said Campos-Olguin's family is in agreement with the pursuit of a life sentence without parole instead of the death penalty.


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