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Hearing to be held for woman who shot nurse
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Osceola Mills woman accused of shooting a home health nurse in the head had her preliminary hearing continued for a month.
Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling continued the preliminary hearing of Marlene Kenjora, 69, until Jan. 16 at the request of her attorney Guy Amatangelo. He said he made the request to give him time to file a motion with the court to have a competency evaluation done on Kenjora.
Kenjora is housed in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Dec. 6 at approximately 4 p.m., Erin Schaeffer of Centre Home Care Services was at Kenjora's residence when an argument ensued between them over Kenjora's prescription medication. When Kenjora became irate and belligerent, Schaeffer called Clearfield/Jefferson County Mobile Crisis.
While on the phone, Schaeffer said she saw Kenjora raise a handgun and fire a shot that struck her in the left side of her head.
Schaffer said she then fled the residence, got into her vehicle and drove to the residence of Tshana Woods at 3228 Morgan Run Road to seek assistance.
Police chief Timothy O'Leary responded to the Woods' residence where he saw blood running down the side of the victim's face while Woods applied pressure to the wound. Schaeffer was coherent and informed O'Leary what had happened.
Due to the severity of the injury, O'Leary remained on the scene until Schaeffer was transported by ambulance to Altoona Hospital for treatment.
O'Leary requested assistance from the state police and the Morris-Cooper Regional Police Department.
The police set up a staging area at the Ohio Church located down the road from Kenjora's residence and then set up a perimeter around the Kenjora residence. O'Leary made contact with Kenjora via telephone and asked her to exit the residence. She complied and was taken into custody without incident.
Police searched the residence for other weapons and found a 22-caliber revolver handgun in plain view on top of a stereo speaker in the living room. Inside the gun were nine bullets, eight of which were not fired. One bullet was fired and one bullet appeared to have been struck by the hammer but did not discharge.
Police also observed blood on the chair and floor inside the living room.
Kenjora was given her constitutional warnings and taken into custody.
After being placed in a police vehicle, Kenjora repeatedly stated, "I'm sorry I shot her, I did it, I just snapped."
Once back at the station O'Leary contacted Kristen Grambling of Clearfield/Jefferson County Mobile Crisis, who was on the phone with Schaeffer when she was shot.
According to Grambling, she received a call from Schaeffer at 4:08 p.m. requesting a mobile crisis worker respond to the Kenjora residence. While Grambling was obtaining information she heard Schaeffer yell, "She shot me! She shot me!"
She then heard someone else yell, "You are damn right I did."
While on the phone with Schaeffer, Grambling told a co-worker of the situation and asked them to call the police. Schaeffer told Grambling that she had been shot in the head and needed to get to her car. The call ended abruptly at 4:12 p.m.
Shortly afterward, Schaeffer called back and told Grambling again that she was shot in the head and was now at a neighbor's house. Grambling remained on the phone with her until police arrived.
O'Leary contacted Altoona Hospital on the victim's status and the hospital staff informed him that Schaeffer had been rushed to the emergency room where a surgeon removed a bullet from the left temporal region of her head and was listed in "stable but guarded condition."
Police interviewed Kenjora and she said, "I'm sorry I shot her but I snapped." She continued, "I didn't mean to hurt her, I just snapped."
Kenjora is charged with criminal attempt/criminal homicide, aggravated assault (three counts), discharge of a firearm into occupied structure, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault (two counts.)
In other cases, a Clearfield man accused of stabbing his brother during a fight had all charges bound over for court following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins at yesterday's session of centralized court.
Michael D. Warrick, 22, Hill Street of Clearfield is charged with aggravated assault (four counts), simple assault (six counts, recklessly endangering another person, harassment (two counts) and disorderly conduct.
Corey Warrick, 19, Clearfield testified that on Dec. 3 he entered the kitchen of the home that he shared with his brother and mother and started to prepare some food. Michael Warrick was already in the kitchen and had made some food.
Corey Warrick testified he moved his brother's plate so he could make his food but when he did his brother became upset and started to yell at him. Corey Warrick said he yelled back and turned away to continue to make his food when he heard his brother say behind him "Well how about this," and "oh yeah."
Corey Warrick said he turned around and saw Michael Warrick waving a 4-inch folding paring knife.
He said he then grabbed his brother's arm in an attempt to disarm him. Corey Warrick said they then went to the floor where they continued to wrestle. While on the floor Michael Warrick stabbed him in the leg but Corey Warrick said he was able to pin his brother to the floor.
Corey Warrick said their sister then walked in and saw them fighting and pushed him off his brother. While they were separating, Corey Warrick said his brother then stabbed him in the abdomen.
Corey Warrick said his father and sister separated them and he then went into the bathroom to clean himself up and that is when he noticed he was bleeding and needed treatment. He went to Clearfield Hospital.
The wound on his leg required four staples. He said the hospital did not close the wound on his side because it needed to be cleaned.
Hospital staff told police they were not going to close the wound because it needed to drain, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
During cross examination by Michael Warrick's attorney Chris Pentz, Pentz asked who initiated the contact. Corey Warrick said he did when he grabbed his brother's arm in an attempt to get the knife from him.
During his closing arguments, Pentz argued that his client's bail be reduced because he did not make first contact and despite his client's inappropriate behavior, Corey Warrick's response escalated the situation.
Hawkins refused his request and kept bail at $100,000 straight. Michael Warrick was not able to post and was placed in the Clearfield County Jail.
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