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Two Franklin County murder cases postponed

February 27, 2001

Two Franklin County murder cases postponed



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Franklin County murder cases have also been postponed until the May trial term.

Jonna Johnson, 32, of 405 Philadelphia Ave., Apt. A, Chambersburg, could become the first woman in Franklin County's history to face the death penalty if convicted of criminal homicide in the shooting death of the commander of a veterans post last June.

Johnson is charged with criminal homicide and two counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Three people were shot at the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post, 1571 S. Main St., on June 11, according to police records. The post's vice commander, Robert E. Tucker, 49, of Chambersburg, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Kimberly K. Bigler, 37, and William B. Groff Jr., 36, of Fayetteville, Pa., were wounded, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

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Larry Hull's case has been continued several times since the U.S. Court of Appeal granted him a new trial more than a year ago.

The St. Thomas, Pa., man has spent 25 years behind bars for killing his friend Lloyd Shatzer of St. Thomas with a rifle and dumping his body down a well.

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