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Two Headed To Trial For Susquehanna County Homicide

November 13, 2018

NEW MILFORD — Two people accused of killing a Oakland Twp. man, then hiding his body in the woods, will head to trial. Quentin Millard, 22, New Milford, and Andrea Martel, 20, Hallstead, both faces charges of criminal homicide and abuse of corpse for the Sept. 3 death of John Amrein. The 52-year-old man was killed with a machete and had been shot in the thigh. Martel waived her preliminary hearing on Nov. 6; Millard’s preliminary hearing took place Thursday. At Millard’s hearing, Susquehanna County Coroner Anthony Conarton testified that a sharp instrument was used to make multiple chopping cuts primarily to Amrein’s head. The weapon cut through the man’s face and skull and penetrated into his brain. Amrein had also suffered a gunshot wound to his left thigh that would not have been fatal, according to the coroner’s testimony. Trooper Girard Dempsey Jr., a state police criminal investigator at the Gibson barracks, also testified at Millard’s hearing. After Millard was arrested on Sept. 5, he told investigators Amrein arrived at Martel’s home on Madison Circle in Great Bend Twp. on Sept. 3, and the two men engaged in a physical altercation at the door. Amrein pulled out a handgun and shot Millard in the wrist, Dempsey testified. Millard then told police he struggled on the floor with Amrein and got the gun from him, then fired four or five shots at the man. Dempsey said Millard told him he retrieved a machete that was in the wall and struck Amrein “until he stopped moving.” Millard and Martel then cleaned the residence and disposed of Amrein’s body and vehicle later that day, the trooper said. Amrein’s body was located Sept. 5, in woods on a property located on the Highlands Road. The corpse was hidden by a camel-colored covering with wood piled on top of it. The machete was recovered at the Martel residence; the gun, however, has not been found. The trooper noted in his testimony that Amrein’s girlfriend, Rachel Ayers, reported him missing after he didn’t return home following a trip to the grocery store the morning of Sept. 3. Dempsey also testified that Trooper Jeffrey Sokso, also a criminal investigator on the case, spoke with Amrein’s brother, Samuel French, after Amrein failed to show up for work the following day. French also mentioned that Amrein and Martel were possibly having an affair, Dempsey testified. He also testified that Martel was interviewed by police on Sept. 4, and said Amrein and Millard were at her home, an assault took place and that she participated. Both Martel and Millard remain in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility without bail. Contact the writer: swilson@independentweekender.com

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