ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A preliminary hearing is set for a Pennsylvania man jailed on charges he used a homemade, high-pressure air gun to fatally shoot a neighbor with whom he had an affair.

Thirty-five-year-old Josef Raszler was charged last month with criminal homicide in the Sept. 13 shooting of 46-year-old Stephanie Roof. She was shot with a homemade metal projectile about 1 a.m. in the driveway of her home across the street from Raszler’s in Lower Macungie Township.

Raszler’s public defender hasn’t commented in advance of Thursday’s hearing. But police say Raszler acknowledged a romantic relationship that Roof ended two years ago, angering him.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin says investigators haven’t found the weapon Raszler allegedly used, but they have evidence he researched making it and practiced with it at his parents’ lake house days before Roof’s killing.

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