GREENSBURG (KDKA) — One of the six suspects charged in the brutal torture and murder of a Greensburg woman last year was in court Thursday for the final time before the start of her trial.
Angela Marinucci is the first of the so-called Greensburg 6 to go to trial.
She and five others are charged in the death of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty last February.
In a pre-trial conference today, Judge Rita Hathaway discussed some last minute issues with attorneys on both sides.
One issue was what testimony will be admissible when it comes to statements made by Angela Marinucci to others. The judge decided that comments made by Marinucci regarding jealousy over Jennifer Daugherty’s relationship with Ricky Smyrnes would be allowed because they establish motive.
Another issue was which photographs of the scene inside the apartment where Jennifer Daugherty died would be showed to the jury. Defense attorneys argued that certain crime scene photos shouldn’t be allowed because they are unnecessarily gruesome and would prejudice the jury. But, the judge responded that this was an extremely gruesome crime and the jury should be privy to photos showing the gruesome crime scene.
There was no talk from either side today about the possibility of a last minute plea deal.
The judge has scheduled one week for jury selection. As long as a jury is seated by next Friday, testimony will begin a week from Monday.