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Prosecutors refile charges against teen in stabbing death

June 8, 2019

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have refiled the most serious charges against a teenager following a judge’s dismissal of them in the stabbing death of a northeastern Pennsylvania man earlier this year.

Authorities in Luzerne County say 71-year-old Joseph Monka was beaten and stabbed 43 times in April before $30,000 was stolen from a safe in his basement.

The victim’s 17-year-old granddaughter, who had been living with him, was charged along with her 19-year-old boyfriend, her 16-year-old female friend and a 20-year-old man. All were charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy, theft and other counts.

A judge on Friday dismissed the homicide and robbery charges against the 16-year-old, leaving only theft and evidence-tampering counts. But prosecutors said the charges would be refiled, and court documents indicate that was done later Friday.

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