Firefighter accused of murder gets released from jail

Former firefighter Gerard Shaffer was arrested in April and charged  — along with his son — with third degree murder in the beating death of Mark Wallace.

Now, as Shaffer awaits his trial, he’s been allowed to return home on house arrest.

Shaffer and his son allegedly beat Wallace at Knights and Fairdale roads after the father and son got into an argument with Wallace, who crossed in front of the pair’s car while he was walking.

Shaffer was initially jailed with $100,000 bail, but the bail has since be reduced to $50,000, despite objection from the District Attorney’s office, according to a report by Fox29. He will remain on house arrest until his trial next year.

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