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Selenski acquitted

Some days, there’s justice. But not today.

Hugo Selenski of Wilkes-Barre PA was acquitted on one count of first-degree murder after the jury dead-locked. He was found guilty of two counts of ‘abuse of a corpse’. The judge in the case said Selenski cannot be retried.

From CNN.com:

Selenski’s relatives broke out in sobs as the verdict was read.

Prosecutors had accused Selenski of luring Frank James, 29, and Adeiye Keiler, 22, to his home north of Wilkes-Barre with the intention of robbing them of drugs and money.

Prosecutors said he shot both men, then tossed their bodies into a fire pit and burned the remains with the help of another man, Patrick Russin.

(snip)

Authorities were led to Selenski’s property while investigating the disappearance of Michael Kerkowski, a pharmacist linked to drug dealing who had been missing since 2002, and Kerkowski’s girlfriend Tammy Lynn Fassett. Their corpses were unearthed from a shallow grave near Selenski’s house.

Selenski has not been charged with those deaths but he is considered a suspect. In court papers, prosecutors have said they believe Selenski strangled and robbed them in 2002.

Other human remains found in the yard have yet to be identified. […]

From the Citizen’s Voice:

BY ROBERT KALINOWSKI:

It all came down to whether to believe Patrick Russin. Ten didn’t.

(snip)

Despite being deadlocked whether Selenski committed first-degree — or premeditated — murder, all 12 jurors acquitted him of second- and third-degree murder, which legally cleared him of the entire charge. […]

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March 17, 2006 - Posted by | Courts, Crime, Pennsylvania

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