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Stabbing suspect's trial scheduled for July

Posted by Jeffrey D. Veitch | Apr 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Erie Times News 

The trial for Joseph "Santa" Lumsden Jr., the man accused of stabbing another man at a West Lake Road tavern, has been scheduled for July 19. 

Lumsden appeared Wednesday in Erie County Court to be arraigned on charges that include homicide in a hearing before Judge Shad Connelly. 

His court-appointed lawyer, Gene Placidi, said Lumsden will next apply for bond to be set. Placidi said the prosecution has indicated it will not be seeking a conviction of first-degree murder, which is a premeditated killing with malice. 

Lumsden, 64, of the 3000 block of Laird Avenue, in Millcreek Township, faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering others and possessing the instruments of a crime. 

He is accused of stabbing to death Gregory Pianka, 35, on Feb. 5 in the dining room of the Hi & Dri Pub, 3077 West Lake Road. 

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