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March 16. 2013 12:03AM
By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER

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HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court has rejected the latest appeal filed by a Wilkes-Barre man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend in 1997.


Harry Butry sought to overturn his conviction for the Aug. 21, 1997 shooting death of Tina Marcario, arguing he had come across new evidence that was not presented at his trial that could have impacted the outcome.


Butry was convicted by a Luzerne County jury of first degree murder in January 1998. He has filed several appeals of the conviction, all of which were rejected.


In his latest appeal, Butry sought to introduce evidence that a member of the jury was a distant relative of the victim, according to court records.


Butry sought to have the Superior Court consider that information in judging the merits of his appeal. The court rejected the request, however, finding that Butry was precluded from raising the issue because he had not filed the appeal within the required time frame.


Butry argued he should be granted an exception because he only recently discovered the information. The court said he failed to present any evidence identifying the date he first became aware of the information, or to show he exercised due diligence in seeking to discover the information.


WILKES-BARRE — Senior Judge Charles C. Brown Jr. scheduled trial for Megan Panowicz and Linda Giordano to begin June 4 on charges each of the women drove away after striking a pedestrian who died on Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, in August 2008.


Panowicz, 27, of Forty Fort, and Giordano, 67, of Kingston, each face up to one year in prison should they be convicted of the crime.


Panowicz and Giordano were charged with accidents involving death after they allegedly struck Sharon Shaughnessy as she crossed Wyoming Avenue, near Pierce Street, on Aug. 27, 2008.


Shaughnessy was struck by three vehicles. The driver of the second vehicle stopped and was not charged.


WILKES-BARRE — Stephen Bidgood, 33, last known address as Lower Demunds Road, Dallas, pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court on Wednesday on a child corruption charge.


Exeter Township police and Luzerne County detectives investigating a sexual assault complaint uncovered child pornography on Bidgood’s computer in June 2009, according to the criminal complaint.


Judge Fred Pierantoni III said Bidgood will be sentenced on April 25.




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