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Pa. man to stand trial in mother's slaying

Marcus Wallace is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief in the death of Consuella Wallace

February 01, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Marcus Wallace
Marcus Wallace

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Following an hourlong preliminary hearing Tuesday, Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter ruled that there was enough evidence against Marcus Wallace for him to stand trial in the murder of his mother.

A mandatory arraignment for Wallace is scheduled for March 16 at 1 p.m. in Franklin County (Pa.) Court. He is expected to enter a plea at that time.

Wallace, 39, is charged in the Dec. 10, 2009, beating of his mother at her Hamilton Township, Pa., home, causing multiple skull fractures that investigators say led to her death on Feb. 9, 2010.

Wallace is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief in the death of Consuella Wallace, 70.

During the hearing, Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal called two witnesses to the stand, Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Dick and Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

Dick filed a criminal complaint against Wallace on Jan. 3, 2010, for several offenses, including criminal contempt, burglary, criminal mischief and attempted homicide. He was a witness at Wallace's preliminary hearing on those charges on Jan. 22, 2010.

Fogal asked Dick about two separate DNA matches obtained from the scene. Dick said the DNA samples matched samples taken from Marcus Wallace.

Fogal then presented a three-inch stack of Consuella Wallace's medical records from Dec. 10, 2009, until she was discharged from Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. She died Feb. 9, 2010 at ManorCare in Chambersburg.

Summarizing the records, Dick said Wallace suffered multiple skull fractures and was in a coma.

Fogal handed a color photograph of Consuella Wallace to Dick and Carter, showing her as she was loaded into the ambulance the evening of the attack.

Public Defender Michael Toms asked where the blood samples were retrieved.

Dick said they were taken from the point of entry (a window) and a light switch in the victim's bedroom.

Conner testified that the manner of death was homicide, and the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Fogal presented a transcript of Wallace's prior preliminary hearing on Jan. 22, 2010, before first- and second-degree murder were added to his list of charges.

"Judge, can I ask a question?" Wallace said.

When Carter didn't acknowledge Wallace, Toms said: "Mr. Wallace believes that's not the correct date that hearing was held."

Carter said there was enough evidence to go forward with the case.

"I object to that," Wallace said as his lawyer tried to quiet him. "Can I have some objections considering the seriousness of the case? I want to voice some objections — irregularities in these matters," said Wallace as court was adjourned.

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