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By DON AINES | May 20, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Almost three months after being charged with criminal homicide, a Chambersburg man has been appointed outside counsel by Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker. Walker on Thursday appointed David R. Yoder and Thomas S. Diehl to represent Timothy J. Ross, 25, of 280 Miller St. He has been charged by Chambersburg police with the March 1 shooting death of Drake Luckett, 34, of 217 Linden Ave. Ross was arrested early on the morning of March 2. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Luckett was shot as he opened the West Catherine Street door of Dave's Tavern, 401 S. Main St. Ross, who has been held in Franklin County Prison since his arrest, has yet to have a preliminary hearing.
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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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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 | 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 | 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 | April 20, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man on trial for criminal homicide said Tuesday he remembered snorting lines of cocaine off a photograph of his former girlfriend but did not recall killing her a short time later. Kevin J. Barrett, 35, said he was in his truck on Sept. 7, 1997, when he spread out about a gram of cocaine on Wendy Wise Schuchman's picture. He then returned to Siggy's Food & Spirits, 454 Norland Ave., where he killed the 32-year-old Chambersburg woman with two blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun.
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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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