Trial date set in Wilkes-Barre Township stabbing death case

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A trial date has been set for a man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend inside her Wilkes-Barre Township apartment in May.

Anthony Dion Shaw, 42, appeared in county court on Thursday before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough.

Shaw is accused of killing Cindy Lou Ashton, 39, inside her apartment on either May 1 or May 2.

Shaw entered a plea of not guilty. He is currently not represented by a lawyer, after it was determined he needed conflict counsel, but a member of the Luzerne County Conflict Counsel office represented him for the arraignment.

Vough scheduled Shaw’s trial for March 4.

Shaw, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, was charged with Ashton’s death on May 23.

He allegedly attempted to kill himself soon after, with investigators saying he left a suicide note on May 3. He spent some time in Rutgers University Hospital, before being held in Essex County Jail in New Jersey ahead of his extradition.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross said Ashton died from multiple stab wounds, and her death was ruled a homicide by county Coroner William Lisman.

After his arraignment, Shaw was transported back to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where he is being held without bond.


By Patrick Kernan

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