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Judge names 2 new defense attorneys in Pa. double-murder case of Hugo Selenski

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WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — Two new defense attorneys have been appointed in the long-delayed double-murder trial of Hugo Selenski.

Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni on Thursday appointed Carbondale attorney Bernard Brown as co-counsel. Brown replaces Shelley Centini, who was barred in February from defending Selenski.

Centini was pulled from the case after the state attorney general's office accused her, along with Selenski and a defense investigator, with witness intimidation and related charges after a grand jury investigation.

Selenski is accused of the strangulation deaths of two people whose bodies were recovered among other human remains from his yard outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.

Pierantoni on Thursday also appointed county conflict counsel lawyer Hugh Taylor III, to assist the primary counsellors in the case.

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