Murder trials postponed

November 11, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The trials of two men charged in separate homicides in Franklin County this year have been postponed to the January trial term, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

William E. Cleary, 28, of 137 E. Garfield St., Chambersburg, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, Teresa J. Cleary, 33, according to court records.

She was fatally stabbed July 6, outside of her Fayetteville, Pa., home at 2208 Lincoln Way East.

During a preliminary hearing before District Justice Larry Pentz in July in Waynesboro, 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.


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

Also continued to January was the trial of Antonio Barcenas, 21, who is charged with one count of criminal homicide in the Jan. 1 stabbing death of J. Javier Brena-Lugo in a downtown Chambersburg residence.

According to police, the stabbing occurred inside 38 W. Queen St. following an altercation between the two men.

Brena-Lugo, 30, of Zionsville, Ind., and Barcenas, of 20 W. Washington St., knew each other and were visiting the occupants of the residence, police said.

At some point a dispute erupted and the suspect left the residence. He returned shortly after and stabbed the victim, police said.

Barcenas is still being held at the Franklin County Prison.

The case of an Orrtanna, Pa., man charged with criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide has also been pushed back to the January trial term, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Joseph Ward Jr., 45, of 317 Poplar Springs Road, was charged following the shooting of another man in the tongue on May 18 at Carson's Motel in Chambersburg.

Ward, who remains in jail, also faces charges of aggravated assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, person not to possess a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer's number, according to court records.

Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, of 165 Sherwood Ave., St. Thomas, Pa., told police the shooter told him to open his mouth and stick out his tongue and then shot him. The bullet passed through his mouth, destroying a large portion of his tongue, and exited through the right side of his neck, according to police.

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