BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
On Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
On Jan. 27, Rebert was sentenced to four life sentences without the possibility of parole on each count of criminal homicide in the first degree and each count of criminal homicide in the second degree, each sentence to run consecutive; and a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of 20 years on the count of burglary.
The jury deadlocked on sentencing Rebert to death or life in prison, so a sentence of life was automatic because the jury was not unanimous in its decision.
On Feb. 3, Jacqueline Jo Mizerock, one of Rebert's defense attorneys, hand-delivered to the office of District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett, who prosecuted the case, a motion for a new trial based on reversible error.
Several post-trial motions were filed against Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora for committing what is called reversible error in failing to grant the defendant's motions in the case.
According to the post-trial motion filed by Mizerock:
• The judge did not recuse (step aside in favor of another judge) himself when asked to do so.
• Failed to grant the defendant's motion for jury sequestration.
• Failed to suppress evidence with respect to probable cause of the search warrants that were issued.
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