Montgomery County Lawyer David Manilla has been dropped from a pre-trial program in a Berks County shoplifting case as a result of his arrest last fall in the shooting death of a Bucks County hunter.
Court documents say he tried to walk out of Cabela’s Sporting Goods near Hamburg with stolen merchandise in September of 2009. He allegedly had flashlights, a cookbook, fishing lures and a shirt and pants. He was admitted to the ARD program in June of last year and put on probation for one year. Any further arrests during that year violate the terms of the probation, so he could be headed for trial on a misdemeanor count of retail theft. The 49-year-old Manilla, of Worcester, also faces trial in Bucks County Court for involuntary manslaughter and other criminal offenses in the death of 52-year-old Hunter Barry Groh of Quakertown. Manilla shot and killed him in late November as he dragged a deer along the Tohickon Creek in Richland Township. His trial could start later this month. In addition to that he faces a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by the victim’s widow, Theresa Groh.