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Court dates scheduled for driver charged with homicide by vehicle

July 02, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Court dates have been scheduled for a Waynesboro, Pa., man charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, but they could be changed if he accepts a plea agreement on the table.

Shawn Tyler Lacasse, 27, appeared before Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh on Monday for a status conference.

Lacasse has been charged with homicide by vehicle, racing on highways and speeding related to a Feb. 12, 2011, crash that killed two people — one of whom was Amy Hummer, his 25-year-old fiancée. The collision occurred near the intersection of Pa. 16 and Old Route 16 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Ernest B. Angle, 64, of Waynesboro, also was killed in the crash.

The judge asked about possible discussions of a plea, and Assistant District Attorney David J. Drumheller said an offer was made in January or February. He did not elaborate on details of that offer.

“We’re not saying ‘no’ to that at this time,” defense attorney Michael Worgul told the judge.

However, if an agreement is not reached, Lacasse will proceed to “call of the list,” Worgul said.

Call of the list, a record-keeping day when defendants can enter motions, pleas or other matters, will be Aug. 20, followed by a possible pretrial conference Aug. 27, Walsh said.

Walsh said if the case proceeds to trial, it will be transferred to Judge Carol Van Horn because of his pending retirement. He said she has no remaining trial dates available this year.

“We have a limited number of trial days,” he said.

Drumheller said he was providing copies of written statements to the defense Monday afternoon. He said those items should complete the discovery portion of the evidence being turned over to the defense.

Walsh thanked Lacasse and the attorneys for attending Monday’s hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

“I just wanted to make sure we were on the same track here,” he said.

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