UPDATES: 75-Year-Old Charged with Homicide in Whitehall
Joseph Manning faces the charge after his wife was found dead inside of their home by police.
UPDATE (April 25, 2013): Manning's plea hearing has been continued to Sept. 23.
UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a plea hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 25, 2013, according to an online court document.
UPDATE: Manning is scheduled for a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on March 15, 2013, according to an online court document.
Joseph R. Manning, 75, of 1146 Brant Dr. in Whitehall Borough, is facing a criminal homicide charge after an incident at Manning's home on March 31, 2012.
Whitehall police were called to Manning's residence along Brant Drive at around 3:30 p.m. that day, WPXI reported. Brant Drive sits just off of Teal Drive near Streets Run Road and the Route 51 Eat'n Park.
That's where officers reportedly discovered an "older man with a knife. They told him to drop the knife, but he refused. An officer shocked him with a Taser, and he was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital for evaluation. When they got into the home, they found the man's wife, Mary Manning(, 71,) dead inside," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Police called the death "intentional," according to the Post-Gazette, although further details of the incident were not immediately available. Whitehall police charged Manning with criminal homicide.
At an arraignment hearing the next morning, Manning was denied bail. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on April 11, 2012, before county Judge Donna Jo McDaniel. (UPDATE: Manning was, instead, scheduled for a formal arraignment at the county courthouse on Feb. 27, 2013.)
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