Slain Freeport woman had PFA against ex-boyfriend, faced threats | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Slain Freeport woman had PFA against ex-boyfriend, faced threats

1150603_web1_PoliceLightsZ

Shortly after Mary Jo Kornick kicked Nicholas Domek III out of their Freeport apartment, Domek told a neighbor that Kornick “was going to get hers.”

That neighbor, Donna Dreyer, told the Tribune-Review on Monday she never expected him to do anything drastic.

“I just thought it was going to blow over,” Dreyer said.

Now, Kornick and Domek are dead, the result of an apparent murder-suicide.

Kornick, 62, of Freeport was driving toward home Saturday afternoon along Route 356 in Buffalo Township, just south of the Route 28 interchange. For an unknown reason, she veered into oncoming traffic and clipped the rear of a vehicle headed in the opposite direction, state police said.

Then, Domek “immediately drove onto the scene,” pulled up to the woman’s vehicle and fatally shot her, police said. Domek, 72, of the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh, was found dead in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Greenfield, shortly after 5 p.m. the same day. Police believe he shot himself.

Andrew Plummer, who later sent a message of condolences to Kornick’s family, told a reporter he saw the crash and attempted to assist after she was shot.

Plummer said he was walking up to Kornick’s car when a red car pulled in. He yelled to see if Kornick was alert when he heard what sounded like a gunshot.

Plummer ran back to his Jeep to take cover. Then, Domek got out of his car and ran up to Kornick, Plummer said. He said Domek then ran back to his car and left.

“That’s when I run up after he left and found her shot in the car,” he said.

He said he made eye contact with Domek and was able to describe Domek to police when he was interviewed.

State police investigators didn’t return calls Monday seeking updates on their investigation.

Dreyer said she was friends with Kornick and Domek. She knew them for about five years.

Dreyer said when she first moved into her Main Street apartment, the couple lived across the hall.

She said she occasionally heard them fighting.

The couple moved to another apartment and seemed to fight more, Dreyer said.

In a Jan. 23 final protection from abuse order, Domek was ordered to not have any contact with Kornick. He was ordered not to “abuse, stalk, harass, threaten or attempt to use physical force” to injure Kornick or anyone else in her apartment. The PFA was filed after Domek was accused of an attempted kidnapping of Kornick.

According to a state police criminal complaint, Domek wasn’t allowed to have firearms or ammunition because of a 1984 conviction of sexual assault and corruption of minors.

Domek and Kornick signed the order.

On Dec. 10, Domek was accused by Buffalo police of using a handgun to assault Kornick outside Adult Living at Rosebrook, at South Pike Road. A Buffalo police affidavit states that Kornick told police she escaped Domek and ran into the facility and he left.

Domek was arraigned, and a night court judge ordered a $15,000 unsecured bond for Domek, who was said to wear a prosthetic leg and was a veteran.

Domek’s preliminary hearing on those charges was postponed in December because the court was notified Domek was in a Veteran’s Affairs hospital, District Judge Sue Haggerty at Saxonburg said Monday.

The hearing was rescheduled. Haggerty broke an ankle and was replaced by another district judge.

Domek was being represented by the Butler County public defender’s office.

On Monday, public defender Joe Smith said Domek “disputed all of the charges” regarding the suspected kidnapping. Domek was in particular “contesting that he had a pistol” during that alleged crime, Smith said Monday.

Buffalo Township police and a Butler County prosecutor didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Domek was “complying with terms of his release at least up until Saturday,” Smith said.

Kornick had two daughters and a son, and she was a grandmother, Dreyer said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.