Homicide case slated for March trial term

January 07, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Several closely watched cases in Franklin County, including those involving a 1998 rape and a fatal stabbing in a downtown Chambersburg residence, have been continued to the March trial term.

With nearly 400 cases listed in the January term, the majority are not ready for trial and have been continued, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

  • Among them are:

  • David Ardinger is charged with one count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault and four counts of aggravated assault, according to court records.

    Ardinger, 37, of 17611 Stone Valley Drive, Hagerstown, is a former Maryland corrections officer who was jailed last February on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Mercersburg, Pa., boy, court records show.


The aggravated assault charges were filed in June after he allegedly hit and kicked four guards in the Franklin County Prison, where he remains incarcerated on $100,000 bail, according to court records.

  • Antonio Barcenas is charged with criminal homicide in the New Year's Day 2001 stabbing death of an Indiana man.

    Barcenas, 21, of 20 W. Washington St., Chambersburg, was taken into custody shortly after police were notified about an altercation inside 38 W. Queen St. that left J. Javier Brena-Lugo dead.

    He also remains in Franklin County Prison.

  • Nelson Ryder is charged with two counts each of rape and aggravated indecent assault, and one count each of terroristic threats and aggravated assault in the 1998 rape of a female employee at a Chambersburg mattress store.

    Ryder, 41, of Stephens City, Va., was not charged until March when a state police forensic scientist allegedly matched DNA samples taken from the 29-year-old victim's body and clothing with Ryder's DNA through the National DNA Index System.

    The woman's assailant entered the former Mattress Outlet on Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg while the victim was alone and raped her, according to court records.

    Ryder was being held on $200,000 bond in Franklin County Prison.

  • Joseph Ward Jr. is charged with attempt to commit criminal homicide in a May incident in which another man was shot in the tongue at a Chambersburg motel.

    Ward, 46, of Orrtanna, Pa., was being held in the Franklin County Prison on $1 million bail.

    He is charged with shooting Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, through the tongue at Carson's Motel, 414 W. Loudon St., on May 18, police said.

    In connection with the shooting, Ward also faces charges of aggravated assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer's number.

    In an unrelated case, he is charged with receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license.

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