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June 1, 2011
Sentencing delayed in third-degree murder conviction CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Sentencing has been delayed for a Hustontown, Pa., man found guilty of third-degree murder for hitting someone with his pickup truck. Gerald T. Buterbaugh, 42, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. However, Judge Richard Walsh said he felt he did not have enough time for the matter considering the morning’s caseload. “Given this morning’s schedule, it just could not happen,” he said.
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NEWS
June 7, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., woman charged in the death of her missing husband pleaded innocent Wednesday in Franklin County Court and was scheduled for trial in July. Joan Snyder Hall, 56, of 12850 Grant Shook Road, is charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy in the disappearance of Melvin E. Snyder, who was last seen May 25, 1985. Pennsylvania State Police charged her and Ronald W. Harshman, 51, of Hagerstown, on April 11. Melvin Snyder's body was never found.
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July 31, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Scott Nathan North was scheduled for mandatory arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Court on criminal homicide and other charges, but no arrangements had been made to take him to court from state prison. North's court appearance was continued for one week, Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said. North, 26, of Chambersburg, is charged with criminal homicide in the August 2006 death of 43-year-old Carl Ryder of Amberson, Pa. He also is charged with escape, abuse of a corpse, false identification to law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and multiple counts of forgery, access device fraud, theft, burglary and criminal trespass.
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By DON AINES | August 28, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- An 18-year-old man charged with criminal homicide in the Aug. 6 shooting death of a Chambersburg man has had his preliminary hearing delayed for a month, Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said Tuesday. V'Cetres Buckner, of 207 Larch Ave., was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Central Court. Krom said the continuance was granted at the request of his defense attorney. Buckner was charged Aug. 17 with criminal homicide and robbery in the death of Timothy A. Short, 42, of Hood Street, who was found behind 10 Hemlock Circle on the morning of Aug. 6. Short died of a gunshot wound to the face.
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By STACEY DANZUSO | January 8, 2001
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After a three-month "cooling off" period, a jury will decide this month whether or not to give Michael Brandon Singley the death penalty for killing two area residents. Jury selection will begin next week and testimony will begin Jan. 23, according to Assistant District Attorney Jill McCracken. Seven days have been set aside on Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas W. Herman's calendar to hear testimony. The jury has only two choices in sentencing Singley - the death penalty or life in prison.
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By DON AINES | June 28, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with killing a friend two decades ago could benefit from a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling on another 1970s criminal homicide case. Franklin County Assistant Public Defender Nancy Meyers on June 10 filed a motion to dismiss the criminal homicide charge against Michael Wayne McCormick Jr. "based upon excessive and prejudicial delay" between the 1979 shooting and the charge being filed in 1998. Meyers said her motion was based in part on a June 7 ruling by the Superior Court in Commonwealth vs. Scher, a case dating back to June 2, 1976.
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by DON AINES | December 3, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Zullinger, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the death of his infant son had his bail set at $50,000 Wednesday and will waive his preliminary hearing today, according to prosecution and defense officials. Shane Michael Barrett, 23, of 5261 Buchanan Trail East, is charged by Washington Township police with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of 3-month-old Kaden Michael Barrett, who died Thursday, Nov. 18, at Hershey (Pa.)
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by DON AINES | August 3, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The case of a Mercersburg, Pa., man wanted in the killings of his estranged wife and a neighbor might qualify for prosecution under Pennsylvania's death penalty law, according to aggravating circumstances in the statute cited by Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson. Curtis Eugene Burkett, 41, remained at large Wednesday as Pennsylvania State Police continued to concentrate their efforts on the southwest portion of Franklin County, Cpl. Gary Carter said.
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By DON AINES | April 5, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It took 33 days for Jeffrey Wayne Clever to be charged, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder, but it took 20 years for him to try to withdraw his guilty plea. [cont. from news page ] On Monday Clever, 39, was back in Franklin County Court seeking to withdraw the plea in the April 19, 1979, shooting death of his girlfriend, Cynthia Lea Wilson, 19, of Shippensburg, Pa. According to his petition for a post-conviction hearing, Clever did not "knowingly, intelligently or voluntarily" waive his right to counsel and enter the guilty plea.
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