Man serving life terms in 2002 double slaying seeks new trial, citing removal of attorney

A man convicted of killing a pharmacist and his girlfriend in northeastern Pennsylvania more than a decade ago is seeking a new trial, arguing that the court should not have removed his chosen attorney.

Forty-one-year-old Hugo Selenski also argues that prosecutors should have notified the defense that they planned to advocate for a reduced federal sentence for a key witness in the murder trial.

Selenski was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in February for the 2002 deaths of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. Their bodies were among at least five sets of remains found in Selenski's yard near Wilkes-Barre in 2003.

Defense attorney Shelley Centini was removed from the case last year after she and others were accused of witness intimidation. The charges were later dismissed.