Kingston Man To Stand Trial In Girlfriend’s Beating Death
WILKES-BARRE — A Kingston man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in August will stand trial, a judge ordered Thursday.
Dana Ganjeh, 39, of 71 Price St., is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Linda Frick, 56, who was found dead in a vehicle outside his home Aug. 4.
During a preliminary hearing Thursday, forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross testified Frick died of multiple traumatic injuries, including fractured ribs, brain bleeding and internal bleeding.
Prosecutors presented graphic images showed Frick’s severely bruised and battered face as Ross explained she had been hit dozens of times, most likely with a fist.
Defense attorney Mark Singer questioned whether the injuries could have been caused by a fall down the steps, earning a snort from Frick’s loved ones in the gallery.
“These injuries are not from falling down the steps,” Ross said. “These injuries are from being beaten by another individual.”
As prosecutors sought to build their case, the defense maneuvered to have it thrown out, alleging weak evidence.
During the hearing, Kingston police Officer Jude Allen testified upon his arrest, Ganjeh said, “I’m screwed.” But Singer maintained Ganjeh could have been simply lamenting not taking Frick to the hospital.
“That could mean anything,” Singer said.
The defense also went after a limited statement Ganjeh gave to police. Luzerne County Detective James Noone testified Ganjeh admitted picking Frick up the night she died, and claimed she said she didn’t feel well.
Ganjeh’s account had Frick mysteriously expiring in the car while they were driving around, he said. Ganjeh did not answer when asked how Frick got the severe bruises police observed at the crime scene, he said.
Singer argued “mere presence” at the scene of the death is not enough to warrant murder charges. But the prosecution noted Ganjeh also called his brother prior to his arrest, saying he had done “something bad.”
Asked what, Ganjeh told his brother: “You’ll find out. Take care of mom,” Noone said.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Hogans said the sheer number of impacts Frick sustained shows Ganjeh acted with malice and intended to kill her.
“If he didn’t have the specific intent when he started, he certainly had it when he finished,” Hogans said.
Magisterial District Judge Thomas F. Malloy Sr. determined prosecutors had presented enough evidence for the case to move forward, and sent the charges to county court.
Ganjeh is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail pending trial.
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