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February 19. 2013 11:03PM
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WILKES-BARRE – A Plymouth man charged with shooting and killing one man and critically injuring another in a September incident will stand trial on related charges in May, a county judge said Thursday.

William Allabaugh, 25, of East Main Street, will be tried May 6 on charges of criminal homicide and criminal attempt to commit homicide in the Sept. 9 shooting that killed Scott Luzetsky, 39, and injured Stephen Hollman, 29, near Bonnie's tavern in Plymouth.

Judge Lesa Gelb also scheduled a pre-trial hearing for March 26. Attorneys in the case have alluded to Allabaugh using an infirmity defense in the case.

The case is being prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Jarrett Ferentino and Michelle Hardik. Allabaugh is represented by attorneys William Ruzzo and John Donovan.

At a preliminary hearing early this month, Robert Wallace, an employee at Bonnie's, said he asked Allabaugh to leave the tavern because other patrons noticed a handgun concealed under his shirt.

Allabaugh allegedly pulled out the gun and shot at Hollman, who was seated at the bar, Wallace said.

Wallace said he yelled at a bartender to help Hollman and went outside, where a bar patron, Mark Ktytor, pointed out Allabaugh.

Wallace said he believed Allabaugh heard Ktytor and turned around, firing several times in their direction. The two men took cover behind parked vehicles. Wallace said he noticed Luzetsky walking with a woman near the bar as Allabaugh was firing and watched Luzetsky grab his side.

Acting Coroner William Lisman said Luzetsky died from multiple gunshot wounds.

During the incident in the parking lot, police said, Ktytor pulled out a weapon he had and yelled to Allabaugh that he had a gun. Ktytor later told Wallace that he shot Allabaugh and pointed in a direction toward him.

Allabaugh recovered from two gunshot wounds.

Police have said Ktytor has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and has not been charged.

Ferentino said Thursday that Hollman remains in a hospital in stable condition but is incapacitated.

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