Judge ends court supervision before decision on double-murder retrial
A federal judge on Friday removed a former Latrobe man from court supervision while he waits to see if the state will try to continue prosecuting him on a double murder in Fayette County.
U.S. Magistrate Lisa Pupo Lenihan released David Munchinski, 60, on bail last year after she overturned his conviction based on prosecutorial misconduct. He has been living in Florida.
Munchinski was convicted in 1986 for the murders of James “Petey” Alford, 24, and Raymond Gierke, 28, at Gierke‘s home in Bear Rocks, Fayette County, on Dec. 2, 1977.
After the state missed a deadline to hold a new trial, Munchinski on Thursday asked Lenihan to dismiss the criminal charges.
Lenihan gave the state until Jan. 31 to respond to his motion.
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