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Jurors picked in rape case

September 11, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Jury selection was held Monday in Franklin County Court for the trial of a Hagerstown man charged with kidnapping and raping two women in 2004.

A two-day trial for Pov Srun, 36, formerly of 838 W. Washington St., is scheduled to begin Oct. 15 before Judge John Walker, according to Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser. It took about an hour to select the jury of eight men and four women, along with two alternates, Rahauser said.

Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg police charged Srun in 2005 with kidnapping and raping two women Sept. 16 and Sept. 28, 2004. In the first incident, police said a man forced his way into the vehicle of a then-16-year-old Maryland girl in the parking lot of Kmart in Waynesboro, Pa., driving her to a remote location and assaulting her before driving her back to the area of the store.

Twelve days later, Chambersburg police said a man committed a similar crime against a 20-year-old woman, kidnapping her in her vehicle in the parking lot of Weis Market.

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Srun is serving a 35-year sentence in Maryland resulting from a plea agreement in connection with similar crimes in Montgomery County in 2004 and 2005, according to court records.

Walker ruled last month that evidence from the Maryland convictions can be used in Srun's Pennsylvania trial. Walker wrote in his ruling on a defense motion to exclude the evidence that the crimes in both states are similar in their method of operation.

The ruling also noted that the DNA evidence linking Srun to the Pennsylvania cases was established through his arrest in Maryland. Police records state that Srun's DNA sample taken in Maryland matched DNA evidence found in the two Pennsylvania cases.

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