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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 13, 2012
A former Chambersburg man on death row appeared in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas again Thursday as he seeks a new trial or lesser sentence. In 2000, Michael Singley, now 36, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted homicide, rape, criminal trespassing and theft. He is incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Greene County, Pa. Singley filed a handwritten Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition in August 2006. In it, he claims several points, including that his guilty pleas were unlawfully induced.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a Chambersburg resident accused of bursting into a home and killing a man Oct. 22. On Wednesday, the Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office filed the paperwork necessary for it to pursue the death penalty during the trial of Carl Varner, 54, of 238 E. McKinley St. Chambersburg police say 29-year-old Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin died when Varner and another man fired shots inside a home in the 300 block of East King Street. Varner appeared before Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on Wednesday for mandatory arraignment.
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By ERIN JULIUS | May 26, 2007
ELLICOTT CITY, MD.-Lawyers for a Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate charged in the 2006 slaying of a correctional officer on Friday asked a Howard County circuit judge to strike the state's notice of intent to seek the death penalty. Brandon T. Morris, 21, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of Roxbury Correctional Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten. Wroten, 44, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was shot in the face with his own gun while guarding Morris at Washington County Hospital on Jan. 26, 2006, police have said.
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August 9, 2008
Prisoners walk for our community To the editor: Something wonderful, but not really unusual, happened at MCI-H on Saturday, May 30. Nearly 400 inmates came together, not to fight or destroy anything, but to lend their aid and support to a sector of the community that, like themselves, is often looked at with both fear and misunderstanding. The C.A.P. Jaycees, an award-winning, nationally recognized chapter of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, held an annual walk-a-thon.
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By DON AINES | May 4, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson filed notice Tuesday that Michael Brandon Singley could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the killings of two people last November. Singley, 22, of 1125 E. Brandon Drive, Chambersburg, is scheduled for mandatory arraignment today on two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Christine Rohrer and James Gilliam. He is also charged with two counts of attempted homicide and felony counts of criminal trespass and theft.
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By DON AINES | October 14, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Yellowed with age on the wall of the Kittochtinny Historical Society's board room is a framed newspaper article about the last man executed in Franklin County, Pa. William F. Reed was hanged in the exercise yard of the Old Jail on East King Street on April 30, 1912, for the shooting of his lover, Sarah Mathna. The gallows is still there. --cont. from front page -- "Reed was calm, smiling and cool to the very last minute," according to the article, which described the hanging in great detail.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 1, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- Told that Douglas Pryor had pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two people, Merry Lehman of Leitersburg didn't hesitate. "He is guilty and thank God he did the right thing (by pleading)," she said while shopping in Smithsburg. Others had similar reactions to the conclusion of the case 17 months after Alison Munson, Pryor's ex-girlfriend, was stabbed to death and Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was fatally shot. Pryor admitted Friday he killed Nicholson and Munson.
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by TAMELA BAKER | August 11, 2005
WASHINGTON tammyb@herald-mail.com U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said Wednesday she will press for a review of regulations for military burials as a result of the inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery of the remains of a man convicted in the 1994 killings of a Hagerstown couple. Mikulski's office was contacted this week by the victims' son, Vernon G. Davis of Hagerstown. "My thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family; this is obviously a difficult time for them," Mikulski said in a statement to The Herald-Mail.
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By DON AINES | December 22, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Legal proceedings against a borough man charged with criminal homicide in the deaths of two people last month will be on hold until it is determined whether he is competent to assist in his own defense. Last Wednesday, Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker granted a defense motion for the psychiatric examination of Michael Brandon Singley, 22, of 1125 E. Brandon Drive. Singley had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday on charges stemming from the Nov. 3 deaths of Christine Rohrer and James Gilliam, both of Chambersburg.
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July 15, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Mark Johnson told a Jefferson County judge Monday that he never intended to kidnap a Gaithersburg, Md., man, because he thought the man was dead. "I just want the people to know there was no meditation to kidnap this man. We thought he was dead. We thought we were just hauling his body," Johnson said before he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. A Jefferson County jury found Mark Johnson guilty in June of kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder and recommended he be sentenced to life without a chance for parole.
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