Thursday, October 4, 2007

In Court: Formal Arraignment

Update (2:25 PM): Citizens Voice has also picked up on the story:

"Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. set a March 24 trial date and scheduled a Dec. 21 status conference. The Luzerne County District Attorney's Office notified Olszewski of its intent to try Cuadra and Kerekes together.

Two issues likely to come up in coming weeks are the joint trial and the appointment of potential conflict counsel, due to Cuadra and Kerekes both currently being represented by the county public defender's office.

On his way into the courthouse, Cuadra maintained his innocence and said it was "not right" the prosecution was seeking the death penalty."
The Times Leader is reporting that Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes have pleaded not guilty today at their formal arrainment.

"Homicide suspect Joseph Kerekes said he’s “very angry.”

"Police, he said, seized $200,000 and a home from himself and Harlow Cuadra for no reason.

That, he claims, is going to prevent the two from paying for an adequate defense on homicide charges – charges he and Cuadra plan to fight."

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