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Charges filed in death of Amish tomato thrower

HOLMESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting of a man who was throwing tomatoes at passing vehicles from a cornfield, a traditional prank in the Amish community.

Marion D. Weaver, 58, drove his car past the field several times, deputies said. After the vehicle was hit, he fired three to five rounds from a shotgun into the cornstalks, Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly said.

The death of Steven L. Keim, 23, shocked the Amish community of Mount Hope, about 60 miles south of Cleveland. He was hiding in the cornfield with about 10 others, ages 15 to 23, who told authorities they were throwing tomatoes and firing paintball guns.