Defense disagrees with attempts to change venue in Kingston homicide case

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing his girlfriend are arguing the case should not be transferred to another district judge.

Dana Ganjeh, 39, allegedly beat girlfriend Linda Frick to death at a Kingston home Aug. 8. He’s facing an open count of criminal homicide.

Prosecutors filed to have the case moved out of District Judge James J. Haggerty’s court after they accused him of being biased in the case.

Earlier this week, Ganjeh’s attorneys asked to have the prosecution’s motion denied. That filing is signed by attorneys Michael Kostelaba, Mark Singer and Matthew Clemente, all public defenders in Luzerne County.

Prosecutors maintain Haggerty showed bias when he asked attorneys to argue over Ganjeh’s bail, despite bail not being allowed for those accused of first-degree murder.

But the defense team says prosecutors have failed to make “any cognizable showing of a problem of fairness and/or impartiality.”

Luzerne County President Judge Richard M. Hughes III will hear arguments on transferring the case Friday.

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By Patrick Kernan

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