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Friday, August 7, 2015

Jury finds St. Marys man guilty of murder

By Katie Weidenboerner

June Talmadge, murder victim
RIDGWAY — After only one hour of deliberation, a jury found Michael J. Stephanic Jr. guilty of first degree murder Thursday, a judgment that rejected defense claims of an alcohol and rage induced killing in favor of the prosecution’s argument that the St. Marys man knowingly gunned down his girlfriend in the early morning hours at a powdered metal plant where they both worked.

While Stephanic’s sentencing was deferred to a later date, first degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Pennsylvania.

A felony charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure was not addressed in the verdict. The matter was possibly discussed in private sessions between lawyers and the judge held Thursday morning.

With Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon resting the prosecution’s case Tuesday, the accused took the stand in his own defense Thursday morning. While Stephanic said he doesn’t dispute the facts of the case, he said repeatedly he doesn’t remember anything that happened after about 9 p.m. on Labor Day 2013, including the murder of his girlfriend 48-year-old June Talmadge, also known as June Andrus.

Read today's Courier-Express for the full story.


Joe Bob said...

Maybe it will jar his memory a little when Bubba gets ahold of him in the shower room....

Anonymous said...

I don't care how drunk you are. You would remember grabbing your gun, driving to the factory and killing your spouse in cold blood!