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Singley trial set for June

March 02, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A tentative trial date has been set in the case of Michael Brandon Singley, charged with two counts each of criminal homicide and attempted homicide, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

On Tuesday, Judge John R. Walker set jury selection for Monday, June 5, with the trial beginning Monday, June, 12, District Attorney John F. Nelson said.

"There are a number of medical reports that still have to be completed and received," said Public Defender Robert J. Trambley, Singley's co-counsel.

Singley, 23, of Chambersburg, is charged with the stabbing death of Christine Rohrer, 23, and the shooting of James Gilliam, 39, on Nov. 3, 1998. Chambersburg police also charged him with the attempted murder of his cousin Travis Rohrer and Gilliam's girlfriend, Deb L. Hock.

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Assistant District Attorney Jill McCracken said Singley also was arraigned Tuesday on a rape charge Chambersburg police filed against him in December.

Christine Rohrer was raped and killed, and her husband, Travis Rohrer, was stabbed and shot at their Elder Street home, police said. Gilliam, who lived next door, was shot in the chest as he arrived home. A shot was fired at Hock, but she was not struck.

Nelson said the trial could last more than a week "to include time for the penalty phase if that becomes necessary."

Nelson's office has filed a notice of aggravating circumstances, a step necessary if the prosecution seeks the death penalty. The aggravating circumstances include multiple killings and the commission of other felonies during the killings.

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