The double-homicide trial for a Linesville man will reportedly proceed as scheduled in early 2012 after Crawford County’s president judge denied his defense team’s request for its further postponement Friday.
Gary Wiley is set to go to trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in March for the April 2010 shooting deaths of Tod Prenatt, 51, and his wife, 44-year-old Laurie Prenatt, at their Linesville-area home. County District Attorney Francis Schultz has said the commonwealth plans to seek the death penalty in the case.
Related proceedings have been postponed several times previously, and most recently in August, when county President Judge Anthony Vardaro granted Wiley’s attorneys, J. Wesley Rowden and Ross Prather, a postponement from October this year to March 2012 in order to have more time to prepare their defense. Schultz objected to the postponement at that time, arguing the case had been postponed four times previously.
Vardaro reportedly denied the defense team’s motion for another continuance at a hearing Friday, which means the proceedings remain scheduled for the county’s March trial term.
Documents and further information related to the denied motion weren’t immediately available Friday.
On April 21 of this year, Wiley was sentenced by Vardaro to a total of 47 months to 31 years less 199 days credit for other unrelated crimes.
Wiley was sentenced to serve 20 to 120 months in state prison for robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy in Linesville on April 2, 2010.
In January, a Crawford County jury convicted Wiley of robbery, theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats for robbing the pharmacy of $350 in cash and four bottles of OxyContin, a highly addictive narcotic painkiller.
Vardaro also sentenced Wiley to 27 months to 21 years in jail followed by two years probation for pleading guilty to three counts of theft for failing to turn over $79,322.16 in collected state sales tax from his business, Gary’s Automotive; four counts of willful failure to file sales tax returns; two counts of willful failure to file personal income tax returns; and two bad check charges.