CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County District Attorney's Office has filed a notice of aggravating circumstances against a Chambersburg woman charged with criminal homicide, opening the possibility that Jonna M. Johnson could become the first woman in the county's history to face the death penalty.
The one-paragraph notice was filed Friday with the Clerk of Courts Office by Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams. The notice said that Johnson "knowingly created a grave risk of death to another person in addition to the victim of the offense."
"The significance is doubled when you have two people exposed to that risk," Williams said Tuesday.
Johnson, who is scheduled for mandatory arraignment today in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, is charged with criminal homicide and two counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. If Johnson pleads innocent, she will be scheduled for the November trial term, Williams said.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, three people were shot at the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post, 1571 S. Main St., Chambersburg, according to borough police records. The post's vice commander, Robert E. Tucker, 49, of Chambersburg, was found behind the building, dead of a single gunshot wound to the head.