- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A judge has refused to bar western Pennsylvania prosecutors from presenting aggravating factors that could allow a jury to sentence a man to death if he is convicted in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend two years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Clemons is charged in the death of 21-year-old Karissa Kunco, whose body was found in a wooded area in Washington County in January 2012.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1iUyBK1 ) reports that Judge Katherine Emery refused to bar prosecutors from presenting evidence that Clemons had a history of felony convictions including violence and that Kunco had a protection-from-abuse order against him.

The judge earlier rejected a defense request to move the trial, saying it wasn’t clear that social media postings would prejudice jurors since the victim lived in another county.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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