Granlun said he later talked to then-District Attorney Jack Nelson after receiving a call from the probation department about fines.
“I said, ‘I thought this was supposed to go away.’ ... (Nelson made a phone call) and said, ‘Everything is done with. It’ll go away,’” Granlun testified, saying that he never was asked for court fees again.
Nelson died in 2009.
Harshman’s attorney, Chris Sheffield, questioned Krom about conversations with Granlun.
“My recollection is the only benefit Mr. Granlun was looking for was some benefit for his friend, Mr. Snyder,” Krom testified.
Sheffield asked Krom about various dates and tried to establish when prosecutors talked to Granlun. She said she does not recall speaking to Granlun until the week of the trial.
Generally, Nelson would not put a witness on the stand without talking to him or her, Krom said.
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Daren Hockenberry, the lead investigator for the case before trial, also offered testimony Thursday. He explained troopers canvassed the Franklin County Jail seeking information about what Harshman might have said about the murder.
Investigators re-interviewed Granlun two months after he said he had never talked to Harshman.
“I cannot recall what brought that up again, that we went to talk to him,” Hockenberry said.
“Doesn’t it strike you as odd?” Sheffield asked.
“Not really,” Hockenberry said, saying the first report indicates Granlun at least knew who Harshman was.
Harshman’s trial attorney, David S. Keller, also testified, saying he received a call from Granlun’s brother-in-law saying the witness was “in over his head” and needed help.
Keller went to the jail the weekend before the trial started, but said he thinks he was unable to meet with Granlun.
“I have no recollection of talking to or seeing Mr. Granlun prior to the courtroom,” Keller testified.
Judge Douglas Herman is expected to rule in coming months about the admissibility of various evidence in the PCRA proceedings.
Court documents state Harshman’s wife, Teresa, had an affair with Snyder beginning in May 1984. They left the state briefly, but reconciled with their respective spouses upon their return.
Harshman and Teresa Harshman Young later divorced.
“The victim and his wife continued to live together following their reconciliation until the victim’s disappearance on the last Saturday in May 1985, the anniversary of initiation of his intimate relationship with Ronald Harshman’s wife,” an affidavit of probable cause states.