Lancaster County prosecutors will seek a first-degree murder verdict this week against a Lancaster Township man charged with repeatedly stabbing his wife – with their infant twins at home.
The trial for Carrington Joseph opens this morning with opening statements before testimony from the first witnesses.
UPDATE: The trial is on a break until Monday at 2:30 p.m. due to a skirmish in the courtroom.
First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen, and his second-chair, Assistant District Attorney Travis Anderson, will ask a local judge to convict Joseph of first-degree murder regarding the May 2 death of 27-year-old Melissa Joseph.
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Manheim Township police Detective Brian Freysz charged Carrington Joseph with stabbing his wife numerous times during an argument inside 511 Sterling Place.
County President Judge Dennis Reinaker will hear the case and render a verdict. Prosecutors agreed to drop pursuit of the death penalty in exchange for a non-jury trial.
The trial is expected to wrap up by week’s end, with a day off Wednesday for Veteran’s Day.
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