Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kerekes' Attorneys want Prosecutors Sanctioned

The Times Leader is reporting that attorneys for homicide suspect Joseph Kerekes again want prosecutors to be forbidden from rebutting Kerekes’ alibi defense.

Kerekes’ attorneys, John Pike, Shelley Centini, and Mark Bufalino, had filed notice they might present testimony at trial to show Kerekes was at a Plains Township hotel when Bryan Kocis was being killed at his Dallas Township home.

Prosecutors responded to that by indicating they had 385 possible witnesses to rebut the alibi claim.

But Kerekes’ attorneys later asked for prosecutors to be sanctioned because the list was incomplete and contained witnesses who had not been contacted by prosecutors. They wanted a judge to forbid prosecutors from rebutting the alibi at trial.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. later ordered the prosecutors to revamp the list.

They did, but in court papers filed Thursday, Kerekes’ attorneys again asked for the sanctions because the list is incomplete, contains witnesses who have not been contacted, and is not in conformity with the law, they said.

Olszewski will rule after an April 15 hearing.