ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) - The former Marine from Adams County accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend after being startled in bed pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless homicide on Monday.
Coleman Dybul, 28, also requested that a new judge handle the case.
Dybul is charged in the March 2 shooting death of 27-year-old Toni Voss.
Prosecutors say Voss was killed after she returned to bed and it startled Dybul who reached for a shotgun he kept beside the bed and shot her.
Court records say Dybul told investigators he thought Voss was being attacked.
Dybul served in the Marines from 2003 to 2007.
Court records say Dybul said he thought he had to neutralize his target, just like his training. "Dybul stated, 'honestly it was like being back in Afghanistan, kill or be killed,'" the complaint said.