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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 30, 2013
A Georgia woman apprehended late last year in connection to a 1995 shooting death in Franklin County, Pa., pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide Wednesday. Tonya N. Dice, 39, is charged with criminal homicide and hindering apprehension or prosecution. On July 14, 1999, former magisterial district judge Larry K. Meminger issued an arrest warrant for Dice based on the Pennsylvania State Police investigation into the 1995 shooting death of Freddie Brumfield in Greene Township. A bench warrant had already been issued for Dice after she failed to appear in court in July 1995 in an unrelated drug case.
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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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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 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 | 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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By DON AINES | June 22, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- More charges were filed Thursday against a Chambersburg woman previously charged in the June 11 shooting death of a veterans post vice commander, raising the possibility Jonna M. Johnson could face the death penalty, according to Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson. cont. from news page Chambersburg police filed two counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault against Johnson, 32, of 405 Philadelphia Ave., at District Justice Gary L. Carter's office.
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By DON AINES | June 4, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with criminal homicide in a downtown shooting probably will not face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. "Based on the evidence presently available it doesn't appear to fit any of the enumerated aggravating circumstances that must be present in order for it to be a death penalty case," Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Friday after a hearing before Judge John R. Walker in the case of Timothy J. Ross.
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