Pa. man accused of stabbing wife to stand trial

September 05, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife in front of her home earlier this summer waived arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Court and the case will be listed in the November trial term.

William E. Cleary, 28, of 137 E. Garfield St., is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Teresa J. Cleary, 33. She was fatally stabbed July 6, outside her home at 2208 Lincoln Way East in Fayetteville, Pa.

During a preliminary hearing before District Justice Larry Pentz in Waynesboro in July, a neighbor testified that he witnessed part of the fight between the Clearys, and that he attempted to help until he saw the man holding a knife.


"I saw a woman with her arms swinging around and a guy strike her with his fist while I was in the kitchen filling ice cube trays in front of the window," Richard Grant, of 2195 Lincoln Way East, said at the hearing. "I ran out the front door and down the street to help her. When he saw me approach he stood up and had a knife. I ran back to the house and called 911."

Grant said at the hearing that he saw Cleary slice his own neck with the knife before laying down next to his estranged wife.

Cleary was in Chambersburg Hospital for five days recovering from the self-inflicted stab wounds before he was transferred to Franklin County Prison, where he is being held without bail.

Cleary told police when they arrived at the scene that he stabbed his wife, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Aaron Martin said at the hearing.

An autopsy determined Teresa Cleary died of multiple stab wounds.

Cleary will be listed for trial in the November trial term, which begins Nov. 18.

The Herald-Mail Articles