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Singley preliminary hearing expected to be delayed

November 09, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary hearing scheduled today for the borough man charged in the slayings of two people on Nov. 3 is likely to be postponed, according to Franklin County Court officials.

"We're going to ask for a continuance to have a court stenographer" present, said Public Defender Robert J. Trambley, whose office likely will represent Michael Brandon Singley, 22, of 1126 Brandon Drive, Chambersburg.

District Attorney John F. Nelson also said he expected the hearing before District Justice Gary Carter to be postponed.

Chambersburg police last Wednesday charged Singley with two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Christine Rohrer, 23, of 391 Elder St., and James Gilliam, 39, of 395 Elder St.

Because the courthouse is closed Wednesday for Veterans Day, sentencings and mandatory arraignments will be held today and no stenographers will be available for a preliminary hearing, Trambley said.

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As of late Monday afternoon, the Public Defender's Office had not received notification from the court that it had been appointed to represent Singley.

Trambley said he has yet to interview Singley, who is charged in the death of Rohrer, the wife of his cousin, and the fatal shooting of Gilliam, her next-door neighbor.

According to police, Rohrer was fatally stabbed in a second-floor bedroom and Gilliam was shot in the chest outside the duplex.

Trambley said he may seek to have a co-counsel appointed to assist in defending Singley.

As of Monday afternoon, police had not filed charges in connection with the shooting and stabbing of Christine Rohrer's husband, Travis Rohrer, 22, who survived the attack.

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