Man accused of killing woman when he shot at wrong house is headed to trial

Man accused of killing woman when he shot at wrong house is headed to trial

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The man accused of killing a woman after he shot at the wrong house is headed to trial.

Nathan Quidetto spent his preliminary hearing in the back of a sheriff’s van in the parking lot of the magistrate’s office. Under new COVID-19 protocols, he waited as his attorney and prosecutors handled the hearing. The public and members of the media were not allowed inside.

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Quidetto is charged with shooting and killing Tracy Squib, a Derry Township mother of two.

Squib was asleep in her home when Quidetto allegedly shot at the house, upset over a botched drug deal. According to police, it was the wrong home. Squib died at the hospital.

Quidetto’s attorney, Emily Smarto, tried to get homicide charges dropped, saying it wasn’t her client’s intention to kill Squib. The judge denied that request and held all charges for court.

“These were just shots. There was no intent to kill anyone, so there’s no transferred intent,” Smarto told Channel 11′s Melanie Gillespie.

The court administrator told Gillespie that the procedure for Quidetto’s hearing was not part of a standard protocol. It’s up to each magistrate on how they want to handle hearings when it comes to the public and coronavirus restrictions.

Woman shot, killed while sleeping by person who shot at wrong house, police say