TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Lawyer says double murder case against Munchinski should be dismissed

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 11:50 a.m.
 

The state missed its 120-day deadline for retrying David Munchinski for a 1977 double homicide so a federal judge should dismiss the criminal case, the former Latrobe man‘s lawyer argues in a motion filed shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Munchinski, 60, successfully appealed his earlier conviction for the murders that took place in a Bears Rocks chalet in Fayette County. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September upheld U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan‘s ruling that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence that would have cast doubt on Munchinski‘s guilt.

Noah Geary, Munchinski‘s lawyer, said the next step in the case, if Lenihan dismisses the criminal charges, is asking the state to compensate Munchinski for the 27 years he spent in prison. Munchinski is currently out on bond.

“I would hope we could negotiate a settlement,” he said. “If not, we will file a lawsuit.”

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office had no immediate comment.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Penguins acquire defensemen Lovejoy, Cole in deadline deals
  2. Power play shines in Penguins’ home victory over Blue Jackets
  3. Pirates starting pitcher Worley is in right place, right time with team
  4. Icy roads bring numerous accidents in Western Pa.
  5. Penguins forwards struggle in loss to Avalanche
  6. No tag for Worilds; Steelers cut Moore
  7. Teacher conduct under spotlight in Pennsylvania
  8. Pirates sickened by pic of ‘Jihadi John’ wearing Bucs ball cap
  9. Passion for speed fuels Ligonier man’s slippery dash in winter rally
  10. Greensburg pair jailed in convenience store robbery
  11. Starkey: In defense of Mel Kiper Jr.