Prosecutor urges rejection of appeal in 1980 contract murder
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are urging a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss an appeal by a man serving a life term in a 1980 murder that prosecutors said he was hired to commit by the victim’s wife and her lover.
Seventy-four-year-old Joseph Frankenberry was convicted in the November 1980 killing of trucker John Tomasek. Authorities said he was hired by Tomasek’s wife, Phoebe, and her lover, Elmer Younkin, who were also convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Defense attorney J. Andrew Salemme has alleged violations he says prevented his client from receiving a fair trial. All seven Fayette County judges have recused themselves from the case.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that the state attorney general’s office calls one defense contention “demonstrably false” and says there’s no proof of another.
Information from: Herald-Standard, http://www.heraldstandard.com/