Motions denied in WB mother’s attempted murder-suicide case; trial date set

By Joe Dolinsky - [email protected] | May 19th, 2017 12:44 pm

WILKES-BARRE — The case of a city mother accused of trying to kill herself and her two children by running exhaust fumes into a parked car appears primed for trial after the last remaining legal hurdles were cleared Friday.

Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas denied two outstanding motions, one that sought to hold a county prosecutor in contempt and another that argued the case should be thrown out all together, during a hearing in Luzerne County Court.

The motions addressed, Lupas set Melissa Ann Scholl’s trial for June 12.

Scholl, 33, of Blackman Street, is accused of trying to asphyxiate herself and her kids, then ages 5 and 7, in the parking lot of the Williams Bus Line in December 2015 by stringing a garden hose from the car’s exhaust pipe into a window. A bystander came upon the running car, removed the hose and called 911.

On Friday, Lupas determined prosecutor Sam Sanguedolce did not violate a gag order in the case when he spoke to a newspaper in April. The judge also denied defense attorney Larry Kansky’s motion for dismissal after determining delays in taking the case to trial were not the fault of prosecutors as Kansky had alleged.

Scholl has been jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since her arrest.

She did not address the court Friday.

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Melissa Ann Scholl, 33, will be tried in June on attempted homicide charges. She is accused of trying to kill herself and her two children in 2015.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_TTL121015scholl1-2.jpgMelissa Ann Scholl, 33, will be tried in June on attempted homicide charges. She is accused of trying to kill herself and her two children in 2015. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader file

By Joe Dolinsky

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