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Judge bars prosecutors from citing previous conviction of man charged in fatal hit-run


WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania — A judge has ruled that prosecutors will not be able to raise a previous conviction in the trial of a man charged in the hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on Mother's Day last year.

Thirty-seven-year-old John Kuniskas of Shavertown is charged in Luzerne County with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in the May 2013 crash that killed 65-year-old Jean Darsky, who was returning home from church and from visiting a friend.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader ( ) reports that Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. approved a defense motion to suppress evidence related to the defendant's 2001 conviction of leaving the scene of an accident in Kingston.

The judge refused to bar evidence related to text messages and prescription medication. He delayed ruling on some photographs.

Information from: Times Leader,

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