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.