The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 9, 2013

Lawyers tell judge they want off Selenski case


The Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE — The attorneys representing a northeastern Pennsylvania man charged with the killings of two people whose bodies were found buried in his yard a decade ago want to withdraw from the case.

The court-appointed lawyers for Hugo Selenski, Shelley Centini and Edward Rymsza, say they haven't been paid in months. Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni will decide whether they'll be allowed to withdraw.

Selenski is scheduled to stand trial in the 2002 killings of pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and Kerkowski's girlfriend, Tammy Fassett. Their bodies were found buried at Selenski's home in Kingston Township in May 2003. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Selenski was acquitted in the slayings of two other men whose remains were found, but is serving time in a home invasion and robbery.