Four homicide cases heading for trial

July 07, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - September could be a busy month for homicide cases in Franklin County, Pa., Court.

On Tuesday, the cases of three of four men charged with criminal homicide were scheduled for the September trial term, according to court records. A fourth man's double-homicide case earlier was scheduled for September.

One of the cases dates back nearly two decades. Earlier this year, Michael Wayne McCormick Jr., 49, of Chambersburg, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with criminal homicide in the March 28, 1979, death of Alan Bennett Cosey.

Cosey, 23, of Waynesboro, Pa., died of a gunshot wound to his chest from a black powder revolver. Waynesboro police listed the death as a suicide, but the case was reopened last summer.


On Tuesday, McCormick waived arraignment on the charge and entered a plea of not guilty.

The July trial term began this week, but the District Attorney's Office said two defendants in murder cases were granted continuances until September.

Victor Harold Vaughn, 43, of Fayetteville, Pa., is charged in the Nov. 19 shooting death of Tonya Marie Caldwell, 29, at their Mountain Shadow Terrace home.

Bryan K. Jefferson, 37, of Harrisburg, Pa., is charged in the Oct. 6 shooting of Charles D. Green Jr., 22, outside Green's Chambersburg home, according to borough police records.

Kevin J. Barrett, 34, of Chambersburg, is scheduled to appear in court Monday on a criminal homicide charge. He is charged in the Sept. 7 shooting of Wendy Schuchman, 32, of Chambersburg, outside a Chambersburg bar, according to court records.

Borough police records said Barrett shot himself in the same incident. On Monday, he could ask for a jury or nonjury trial, a continuance, or enter a plea, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A September trial is also scheduled for Albert Reid. The Biglerville, Pa., man is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count of burglary in the Dec. 27, 1996, shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Carla Reid, 36, of Chambersburg, and her 14-year-old daughter, Deidra Moore.

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