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Manna hearing postponed

July 21, 1998

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The preliminary hearing for a Maryland man charged in the attempted murder of a Washington Township, Pa., man was postponed again Monday.

Aug. 3 is the new date set for the hearing for Ralph Manna, 59, of Smithsburg, Md. He faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary, according to District Justice Larry Pentz's office.

Manna is already serving a life sentence for a murder in Frederick County, Md.

He was scheduled for a hearing on charges in the attempted murder of Richard Sanchez, of 10984 Gehr Road, Waynesboro, on Jan. 6, 1997.

Sanchez and his wife, Candace, were in their basement when a man smashed the sliding glass door and shot Richard Sanchez in the throat, torso and foot, according to court records.

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The Franklin County Public Defender's Office said the postponement was to allow prosecutors more time to supply information to the defense. A hearing scheduled several weeks ago was also postponed.

Manna pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Linda Delauter, 53, of Myersville, Md. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder and a handgun violation in an attack on Linda Grossnickle, 45, of Wolfsville, Md.

The murder of Delauter and attack on Grossnickle also occurred on Jan. 6, 1997, according to court records.

Maryland State Police arrested Manna the next day.

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