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Murder Suspect’s Attorneys Seek To Suppress Written Statements

September 18, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Murder suspect Joseph J. Marchetti Jr.’s attorneys are seeking to suppress written statements he made during his arraignment. Marchetti, 52, is awaiting trial on charges of criminal homicide and attempted murder alleging he shot and killed Antoinette “Tonilynn” Wilkinson, 46, and beat her mother, 72-year-old Barbara Wilkinson, unconscious at a Foster Twp. home in January. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. During a pre-trial hearing Monday, defense attorneys sought to exclude statements Marchetti made during his arraignment, which took place while he was recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Unable to speak, Marchetti wrote “Not G” and “I didn’t do it” on a piece of paper, troopers said. The defense maintains the scribblings were in response to illegal questioning by police. Luzerne County Judge William H. Amesbury will rule on the suppression motion — as well as a defense effort to prevent jurors from considering torture as an aggravating factor for the death penalty — at a later date. Marchetti’s trial is set for Feb. 19. — JAMES HALPIN

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