Breaking News         Latest US News              New York News              Fx Tribune

Top 5 Reasons Why Businesses Outsource
Months after a claim of insanity provoked an emotional response in court, a Warren County homicide case is moving toward trial. Ralph A. Atkinson (Courtesy photo)  Ralph Atkinson has been imprisoned since May 2014, when he was accused...

After insanity claim, 2014 homicide case moves toward trial

Months after a claim of insanity provoked an emotional response in court, a Warren County homicide case is moving toward trial. Ralph A. Atkinson (Courtesy photo)  Ralph Atkinson has been imprisoned since May 2014, when he was accused...

After insanity claim, 2014 homicide case moves toward trial

Months after a claim of insanity provoked an emotional response in court, a Warren County homicide case is moving toward trial.

Ralph A. Atkinson (Courtesy photo) 

Ralph Atkinson has been imprisoned since May 2014, when he was accused of killing his girlfriend, 45-year-old Margaret Graf-White, with a knife and hammer at the woman's West Stewart Street home in Washington. He has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge and related counts.

The 41-year-old Atkinson, of Knowlton Township, appeared Thursday in state Superior Court in Belvidere, wearing green jail garb and shackles, his hair wild and his beard scraggly and graying.

During the brief hearing, Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Victor Jusino said the state has offered Atkinson a 28-year prison sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter.

2013 P'burg slaying case heads to trial again

Atkinson's attorney, John McGuigan of the public defender's office, said a state report presumably regarding his client's mental state had been received and further evaluation is being considered.

Judge H. Matthew Curry set a pretrial conference -- a hearing in which a trial date is typically scheduled -- for March 23.

In a separate case, Atkinson was indicted on a charge of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and related crimes for allegedly recording sex acts with a child between 2012 and 2014. Those charges were not addressed in Thursday's hearing. 

Prosecutors have said the cases would be tried separately. 

In a hearing last June regarding the first-degree murder case, a woman left the courtroom in tears after learning about Atkinson's possible insanity plea. 

"It's a horrible thing and he's going to get away with it because of an insanity plea," the woman told court staff in the hallway. 

Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Publish Date : 23 Şubat 2017 Perşembe 18:26

Breaking News Headlines

Challenges of Studying MBA online and Suggestions to Overcome Them
Challenges of Studying MBA online and Suggestions to Overcome Them
Was Road-Rage To Blame For This New Jersey Semi-Truck Accident?
Was Road-Rage To Blame For This New Jersey Semi-Truck Accident?
Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer – Switch to e-cigs to avoid premature death
Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer – Switch to e-cigs to avoid premature death
Technology Advancements: How will Things Change?
Technology Advancements: How will Things Change?
Bad Science – Ensuring We Keep Things Simple
Bad Science – Ensuring We Keep Things Simple
A Meaningful Life: Just What You Need for Better Health
A Meaningful Life: Just What You Need for Better Health
What to Expect at the Canadian Citizenship Test and Tips to Prepare
What to Expect at the Canadian Citizenship Test and Tips to Prepare
Tipping in America- What Should You Know as a Traveler?
Tipping in America- What Should You Know as a Traveler?
Sepi proposes to the ex-minister Miguel Sebastian as a director of Indra
Sepi proposes to the ex-minister Miguel Sebastian as a director of Indra
There are two Spains in the employment
There are two Spains in the employment
Valerio dodge the shock with the CEOE and downgrade to 7% the rise of the bases maximum contribution
Valerio dodge the shock with the CEOE and downgrade to 7% the rise of the bases maximum contribution
Spain puts an end in the EU in four years of cuts in the quota of hake south
Spain puts an end in the EU in four years of cuts in the quota of hake south
POLLS Results ALL
Who is the most powerful actor in Syria

Front Pages
  • The Sun
NEWS ARCHIVES