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