Cumberland Times-News

June 18, 2013

Jury selected in Bedford County manslaughter case

Man accused in death of best friend

Kathy Mellott
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

—  BEDFORD, Pa. — A Bedford man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a western Bedford County man he called his best friend will attempt to convince a jury that he should not be held responsible for his death.

Randy Scott Foor, 52, will go on trial Wednesday for the Aug. 11 death of Dennis Sprigg, 49, of Manns Choice.

Police said Foor pushed Sprigg, causing him to hit his head on pavement.

“We picked a jury and we’re ready to start Wednesday morning,” Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins said Monday.

The jury of eight women and four men plus two alternates was picked last week for the trial expected to wrap up Thursday.

Foor and Sprigg were at a party at Foor’s home in Bedford Township at the time of the incident. Both had been drinking alcohol and fighting over softball when Sprigg went to the ground.

Higgins hopes to prove that Foor pushed Sprigg with such force that the victim lost his balance, falling backward and striking his head with significant impact, causing the blunt force trauma listed as the cause of death.

Following his fall, witnesses told police it immediately became apparent that Sprigg had lost consciousness and he began bleeding from his right ear.

He was taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, and he died about seven weeks later on Sept. 28.

Foor was then charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.