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Sellers murder trial set to begin this month

March 07, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One woman accused of murder is scheduled to go to trial in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas this month while other homicide cases, including a man charged with shooting his friend 27 years ago, have been postponed to the May trial term.

Sally A. Sellers, of St. Thomas, Pa., is charged with one count of criminal homicide in the death of veterans post commander Robert Tucker.

She also is charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and two counts of criminal attempt homicide for the June 11, 2000, shooting that injured two others.

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Jury selection will begin Monday, and her trial is scheduled to begin March 24 before Judge Carol Van Horn.

Co-defendant Jonna M. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole in November 2001, after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder and related charges.

In another murder case, Michael W. McCormick, 54, of Chambersburg, faces one count of criminal homicide in the 1976 death of Alan Cosey. He was not charged until 1998, after police reopened an investigation into the death, which originally was ruled a suicide.

McCormick's case was continued to the May trial term, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

The case against Antonio Barcenas, who is charged with one count of criminal homicide, also was continued to the May trial term.

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 Jan. 1, 2001.

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