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Suspect in North Union stabbing wants trial to be moved

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The attorney for a Fayette County man accused of fatally stabbing a North Union woman wants his client to be tried in another county and wants to eliminate the possible death penalty being sought by prosecutors.

Henry Clay Crawford, 56, of 227 Christmas St., Uniontown, is accused of fatally stabbing Lisa Faye Tupta, 49, in her residence on Jan. 28.

District Attorney Jack Heneks Jr. is seeking the death penalty. He has cited aggravating circumstances of a killing perpetrated during the commission of a felony, torture, Crawford's prior history of violent felony convictions and an active protection from abuse court order that forbade Crawford from having any contact with Tupta.

Crawford's public defender, Jeffrey Whiteko, has filed a series of pretrial motions seeking to have the death penalty removed and to have the trial moved to another jurisdiction.

A hearing is at 9 a.m. May 24 before Judge Nancy Vernon. Crawford is being held in the Fayette County Prison without bond.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or

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