DOVER — The state has not decided whether to seek the death penalty during the first-degree murder trials this fall of two suspects accused of strangling a city diner owner to death late last year, authorities said this week.
Pennsylvania residents Angeline M. Terek and Joshua A. Lemonick will face charges related to the Sept. 17, 2012 homicide of 59-year-old Dover resident Michael Gklotsos, who owned the Hollywood Diner on U.S. 13 at the time of his death.
A third person — juvenile Tiffany Ferraro of Fairless Hills, Pa. — was indicted by a Kent County Superior Court Grand Jury as an adult on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The state said it will not seek the death penalty for Ms. Ferraro, who was 16 at the time of the alleged homicide.
Ms. Ferraro’s trial is scheduled to begin May 20, which follows a May 1 Final Case Review. Mr. Lemonick’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 7 and Ms. Terek will be in court beginning Nov. 11.
Kent County President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. will officiate over all three cases.
A defendant’s motion by Ms. Ferraro to move the case to Family Court was heard before Judge Vaughn earlier this spring, and he has not yet announced his decision on the reverse amenability hearing, AG spokesman Jason P. Miller said.
The trio was charged with first-degree murder and other offenses related to a break-in at Mr. Gklotsos’s residence in the 100 block of Acorn Lane. Ms. Terek of Bristol Township was 23 at the time of the homicide, and her boyfriend Lemonick of Newtown was 23.
The suspects were incarcerated upon apprehension in Pennsylvania shortly after the murder, Ms. Terek at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, Mr. Lemonick at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the suspects entered a sleeping Mr. Gklotsos’s bedroom between 10:37 and 10:42 p.m. seeking money and pills. A struggle ensued, and the victim was strangled by Mr. Lemonick, charging documents said.
Ms. Terek was identified as the ex-girlfriend of Mr. Gklotsos in court papers.
Other case updates
The trial of a Newark man accused of stabbing a 61-year-old Smyrna man to death at his home on Feb. 14, 2010, goes to trial on Oct. 1 before Judge Robert B. Young in Kent County Superior Court.
Juan C. Restrepo-Duque was 18 when he stabbed Kenton Wolf to death, and said at the time of his arrest he had been sexually assaulted by the victim. Court records said the duo was drinking beer in a bedroom in Mr. Wolf’s Willow Court home when the homicide occurred.
Police said investigation showed that Mr. Restrepo-Duque and Mr. Wolf had communicated via computer earlier in the day, and the victim drove to Newark to pick him up and return to Smyrna before the crime occurred.
On May 15, Magnolia resident Lionel J. Williamson will be sentenced at the Kent County Courthouse for the shooting death of a Wilmington man at a Dover gas station on Oct. 8, 2011.
Mr. Williamson pleaded guilty on March 7 to the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Wilmington resident Marcus Ware at the Sunoco gas station on North DuPont Highway.
Following a pre-sentence investigation, Superior Court of Delaware Resident Judge William L. Witham will decide on a prison term ranging from 18 years to life.
Then 26, Mr. Williamson shot the victim several times while he was in a parking lot, and Mr. Ware was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover at approximately 3 a.m. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Mr. Williamson was serving his time at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington at the time of the plea.
Original co-conspirators Kurt S. Dupree of Dover and Warren A. Brooks of Magnolia had earlier pleaded guilty to lesser charges connected with the case in exchange for testimony against Mr. Williamson, authorities said.
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