Jurors hear openings in case of accused Pennsylvania killer

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Bank robber laughed nervously and looked at spot where at least FIVE bodies were buried when police visited home.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A notorious career criminal brutally beat and strangled a pharmacist and the pharmacist’s girlfriend as part of a plot to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the druggist, who had been operating a prescription drug ring and was flush with cash, a prosecutor said Wednesday. A police investigator says a Pennsylvania man initially laughed when told that authorities planned to search his property for bodies, then became nervous and repeatedly glanced at the area where police later found two corpses.WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Reuters) – Opening statements started in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Wednesday in the case of an accused killer whose alleged victims were discovered buried in his backyard, prosecutors said. “It’s a world that leaves its victims bound and broken,” Ferentino said. “What you will hear will shock you, will horrify you and will break your heart.” Weakley led authorities to Selenski’s house where the remains were discovered.WILKES-BARRE — Hugo Selenski’s first murder trial in 2006 ended with him being cleared by the jury of homicide charges related to the deaths of two other people whose remains were found on his property. The Citizens’ Voice reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1yEDr80 ) that Luzerne County sent more than $40,000 in checks to mason Bernard Brown instead of court-appointed lawyer Bernard Brown who’s representing Hugo Selenski.

Paul Weakley!” In his opening statement, prosecutor Jarrett Ferentino told the jury they would be taken on a journey in this trial, a journey into Hugo Selenski’s world. He is charged with strangling two of the victims: Michael Kerkowski, a pharmacist who had called Selenski his best friend, and Kerkowski’s girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Fassett, who prosecutors say was in the wrong place at the wrong time when they say Selenski and a co-conspirator showed up at Kerkowski’s house in May 2002. At Selenski’s last trial, there were long lines of people waiting to get into the courtroom for the opening statements and the testimony, but of course a lot of time has passed since then. “Yeah, I’ve been reading the newspapers about it. Prosecutors contended Selenski shot the men — both of them suspected drug dealers — then burned the remains with the help of another man who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and testified against Selenski.

A few months after his 2003 arrest, Selenski escaped from prison using a rope fashioned from bed sheets and remained on the loose for three days before turning himself in. Selenski, who is already serving a decades-long prison sentence in a home invasion and robbery, grimaced, shook his head and whispered to his attorneys throughout the prosecutor’s presentation. His attorney, Bernard Brown, pinned all the blame on Weakley, who avoided a death sentence by pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with the killings and is scheduled to testify against Selenski in hopes of winning a reduction to his life sentence.

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