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Victim killed by single stab wound

January 03, 2002

Victim killed by single stab wound



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man charged in the stabbing death of an acquaintance on New Year's Day was being held without bond Wednesday at the Franklin County Prison.

Antonio Barcenas, 20, of 20 W. Washington St. in Chambersburg, was charged with one count of criminal homicide in the stabbing death of J. Javier Brena-Lugo, 30, of Zionsville, Ind.

Brena-Lugo was stabbed at 12:25 p.m. and pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital about an hour later, according to Chambersburg Police.

An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed Brena-Lugo died of a single stab wound to the left side of the abdomen, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said.

The stabbing occurred inside 38 W. Queen St., a multi-story residence a block off Main Street, following an altercation between the two men, police said.

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Brena-Lugo and Barcenas knew each other and were visiting the occupants of the residence, Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said.

A dispute erupted and Barcenas left the residence. He returned shortly afterward and Brena-Lugo was stabbed, police said.

Police took Barcenas into custody at his home about 30 minutes after the stabbing.

Chambersburg Police K-9 Cuba helped in the apprehension.

Police have not said what the argument was about or what the weapon was.

Barcenas was arraigned by District Justice Larry Pentz Tuesday and was being held without bond in Franklin County Prison awaiting a preliminary hearing, police said.

Tuesday's homicide was the first in the borough since June 2000, when a veterans post commander was shot and killed during a botched robbery.

Jonna M. Johnson in November was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting.

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