WILKES-BARRE – Paul Weakley will have to wait six more months before facing homicide charges in Luzerne County.
Weakley, 44, was scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 7 in the 2003 deaths of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. Weakley and Hugo Selenski, 40, were charged in May 2006 after Kerkowski and Fassett’s bodies were unearthed from Selenski’s Kingston Township property in June 2003.
Weakley is a key witness at Selenski’s trial, which is on hold due to an unspecified grand jury investigation. Weakley’s case has been put on hold until the outcome of Selenski’s pursuant to a federal plea agreement.
He is serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Arizona on racketeering charges relating to Kerkowski and Fassett’s death.
At a hearing Thursday before county Judge Fred Pierantoni, Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino and Weakley’s attorney, Paul Galante, appeared to discuss Weakley’s case.
Ferentino said because of Selenski’s case, another trial date had to be scheduled for Weakley. Galante said he hasn’t spoke to Weakley recently, but that his client is aware of the circumstances surrounding the plea agreement and that he’ll notify him of any new trial date.
Ferentino said it is hard to communicate with Weakley because he is so far away.
Pierantoni scheduled a new trial date for March 10, 2014, a date that is also subject to change pending the outcome of Selenski’s case.
Selenski was scheduled to stand trial in August, but attorneys notified Pierantoni of a grand jury investigation surrounding Selenski’s case that is currently pending.
No trial date has been scheduled for Selenski and it is unknown what the outcome of the grand jury investigation will be.