District Judge David Judy of Royalton, Dauphin County, has had more than a month to read large binders of grand jury testimony in the alleged witness intimidation case of double-homicide suspect Hugo Selenski.
The preliminary hearing that began April 24 is scheduled to resume today before Judy who will determine if there is enough evidence against Selenski, 40, his former defense lawyer, Shelley Centini, and private investigator James Sulima to continue prosecution.
The state Office of Attorney General charged Selenski, Centini, 38, and Sulima, 49, with passing hand-written letters from Selenski to five witnesses in Selenski’s double-homicide case in Luzerne County.
Four of the witnesses testified in April that they were asked to meet with Centini and Sulima at Rob’s Pub and Grub restaurant in Larksville in July 2012. A fifth witness, Carey Bartoo, testified she was given a Selenski letter by Centini at her apartment in Plains Township.
Perjury and witness intimidation-related charges were filed against the trio in January after the state presented evidence to a grand jury in Harrisburg.
Judy recessed the preliminary hearing when Deputy Attorney General Daniel Jacob Dye presented several binders of transcripts of testimony from Selenski, Centini and Sulima before the grand jury. Judy said he wanted time to read the transcripts before reconvening the proceeding.
Selenski’s trial on charges he killed Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in May 2002 in Kingston Township has often been delayed since he was accused in May 2006. It is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Nov. 12, but his current attorneys, Bernard J. Brown, Edward Rymsza and Hugh C. Taylor, have asked for the trial to be scheduled in 2015.
A hearing on the latest request to continue the trial is scheduled on Friday before Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III.
Centini, who court records say earned more than $121,000 since she was appointed to defend Selenski in January 2012, was removed from the case by Pierantoni in February.