Trial in slayings in 2003 delayed
WILKES-BARRE (AP) — The long-delayed trial of a man charged in the killings of two people whose bodies were found buried in his yard in northeastern Pennsylvania a decade ago is on hold again.
Hugo Selenski, 39, is awaiting trial in connection with the May 2002 deaths of Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett.
Their bodies were found buried at Selenski’s Kingston Township home in May 2003.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
But at a court hearing Friday, a Luzerne County judge indicated that a new date for the trial would be determined by an unspecified grand jury investigation.
The previous trial was slated for Aug. 5.
Selenski was acquitted in the slayings of two other men whose remains were found, but is serving a 32- to 64-year sentence in a home invasion and robbery in the Poconos.
The delay means the trial may begin after the 10th anniversary of Selenski’s dramatic escape from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. In October 2003, he and another inmate broke out through a cell window, used a rope of tied bedsheets to descend seven stories and a mattress to get over razor wire on top of a fence. Selenski remained at large for three days.