Crime

Centre County murder trial scheduled

Vladimir Podnebennyy’s trial in the October 2015 stabbing death of wife Natalya Podnebennaya at their College Township home has been scheduled for Sept. 23.
Vladimir Podnebennyy’s trial in the October 2015 stabbing death of wife Natalya Podnebennaya at their College Township home has been scheduled for Sept. 23. Centre Daily Times, file

Nine months after Natalya Podnebennaya was stabbed in her townhouse parking lot, a murder trial has been scheduled.

Vladimir Podnebennyy, 64, of College Township, is facing first- and third-degree murder charges, plus aggravated assault and possession of instruments of crime counts in the October killing of his 58-year-old wife.

Last week, Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler signed orders setting a date for the trial.

According to the orders, which became public on Thursday, jury selection in the case will happen on Sept. 8 and trial will begin Sept. 23.

The trial is planned for six days.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and defense attorney Karen Muir have until Sept. 7 to submit any motions in the case, with arguments on those slated for Sept. 9.

The trial comes almost 11 months after Podnebennaya’s death.

According to testimony at Podnebennyy’s preliminary hearing, the two were separated. Podnebennaya had come to their Gerald Street home when her husband called for help with the car.

Police say the situation ended with Podnebennaya being stabbed repeatedly in the chest with a 6-inch knife while she sat in her silver Toyota Prius.

The case has been continued multiple times.

Parks Miller has said in past requests that continuances were necessary to translate conversations. Podnebennyy is from Kazakhstan. A Russian translator has been present in his court appearances, and the couple’s daughter translated for police at the scene of the crime after her father called her, according to court documents.

Muir has maintained she is prepared to move to trial.

Podnebennyy was the second College Township man charged with killing his wife in 2015. He will be the second to face trial for the same charges in 2016, as Alois Kudlach goes to court a month earlier for the August shooting of his wife, Nuria, in their Gregor Way home.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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