Crime

Judge schedules murder trial for Kudlach

The murder trial for Alois Kudlach is scheduled to start Aug. 15.
The murder trial for Alois Kudlach is scheduled to start Aug. 15. Centre Daily Times, file

Alois Kudlach knows when he will have his day in court.

Centre County Judge Jonathan Grine has scheduled the murder trial for the College Township man to start Aug. 15.

Kudlach, 51, is charged with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and intercepting communications counts stemming from the Aug. 30 shooting of wife Nuria in their home.

In a criminal case management order filed Thursday, Grine set the trial for five days. Jury selection will be conducted July 28. All motions in the case are to be filed by July 29, with arguments on them set for Aug. 2.

The case has been rescheduled from the December term of court to February and then April. District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said each time that the delays came as her office waited for evidence to be returned from labs.

Defense attorney Karen Muir has opposed each continuance, saying her client was ready to proceed to trial.

Kudlach told police that his wife was the aggressor in the case, and that he had picked up the weapon in self-defense. The trial will be the first non-vehicle-related homicide trial in the county in years.

Mathew Shirk was convicted of vehicular homicide in 2014 for the 2011 crash that killed Kelly Rider.

Danielle Packer was also convicted in 2014 on charges including third-degree murder for the 2012 crash that killed Matthew Snyder on Benner Pike. Packer was huffing computer dusting spray before driving, and while stopped at a light.

Another trial is also in waiting. Another Muir client, Vladimir Podnebennyy, also of College Township, is accused of fatally stabbing estranged wife Natalya Podnebennaya in October.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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