Husband is charged in slaying of estranged wife

July 08, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man is being held without bond in the slaying of his estranged wife Saturday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Murder charges were filed against William Edward Cleary, 28, before District Justice Larry Pentz, said Cpl. Gerald Polca.

Cleary was arraigned while in Chambersburg Hospital, where he was recovering from self-inflicted wounds, Polca said.

He is in the custody of Franklin County Prison officers and was expected to be transferred to the prison sometime Sunday, Polca said.

Cleary's wife, Teresa Jean Cleary, 33, of 2208 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, was found dead in her home at 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.


The couple was separated and not living together in the duplex on Fayetteville's busy Main Street, Polca said.

An autopsy on Teresa Cleary is scheduled for today, police said.

Polca would not say what kind of weapon was used to kill Teresa Cleary or how William Cleary injured himself.

"We can't say how he caused his injuries, just that they were self-inflicted," Polca said.

Polca said William Cleary's injuries required surgery, but he was in stable condition Saturday night when he was arraigned.

More information will be available after the autopsy is complete and a cause of death is determined, Polca said Sunday.

This is the second homicide in Franklin County this year.

On Jan. 1, an Indiana man was stabbed to death in a Chambersburg residence.

J. Javier Brena-Lugo, 30, of Zionsville, Ind., was stabbed at 12:25 p.m. Jan. 1 and was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital about an hour later, according to Chambersburg Borough Police.

Antonio Barcenas, of 20 W. Washington St., Chambersburg, is charged with one count of criminal homicide in Brena-Lugo's death and is being held in Franklin County prison.

According to police, the stabbing occurred inside 38 W. Queen St., following a fight between Brena-Lugo and Barcenas.

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