Judge names new defense attorneys in Selenski case
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Two new defense attorneys have been appointed in the long-delayed double-murder trial of Hugo Selenski.
Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni on Thursday appointed Carbondale attorney Bernard Brown as co-counsel. Brown replaces Shelley Centini, who was barred in February from defending Selenski.
Centini was pulled from the case after the state attorney general's office accused her, along with Selenski and a defense investigator, with witness intimidation and related charges after a grand jury investigation.
Selenski is accused of the strangulation deaths of two people whose bodies were recovered among other human remains from his yard outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.
Pierantoni on Thursday also appointed county conflict counsel lawyer Hugh Taylor III, to assist the primary counsellors in the case.