Crime

Another continuance granted in Podnebennyy homicide case

Vladimir Podnebennyy is taken into the Centre County Courthouse for his preliminary hearing on murder charges, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Vladimir Podnebennyy is taken into the Centre County Courthouse for his preliminary hearing on murder charges, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. CDT photo

An man accused of murder will wait a little longer for his day in court.

Vladimir Podnebennyy, 64, is charged with the October stabbing death of his wife, Natalya Podnebennaya, in her car, which was in the parking lot of their College Township townhouse.

The case was due to proceed to trial on April 4.

On Friday, that trial was ordered to be delayed until the June term of court.

In its request, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s office wrote that the continuance was necessary to obtain “translations and transcriptions made of text messages, jail tapes and police interviews.”

“We are still transcribing documents necessary for the prosecution, such as text messages, recorded conversations and similar items that need completed prior to trial,” Parks Miller said in an email. “Once all that is completed, we will be ready to pick a trial date.”

Podnebennyy is from Kazakhstan and has had a Russian translator at court appearances.

This is the second time the case has been continued at the prosecution’s request.

At a January hearing, President Judge Thomas King Kistler granted a delay, but cautioned the prosecution that he did not want to see another continuance requested. Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Foster responded that the prosecution has up to a year to go to court.

Defense attorney Karen Muir opposed the request.

“Counsel is prepared for trial,” she wrote on the motion.

Muir also opposed the January continuance.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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