- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A judge has barred prosecutors from using two of three statements given to police by a man scheduled for retrial in a murder-for-hire case from two decades ago.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week in Lancaster County for the Schuylkill County retrial of 62-year-old Ronald Champney of Pottsville.

Prosecutors allege that Champney was paid $25,000 to kill Roy Bensinger in 1992 at the victim’s North Manheim Township home. Bensinger’s wife, Beth Ellen Shirey, is serving a life term in the case. Champney won a new trial alleging ineffective counsel.

The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald (https://bit.ly/1zGU12M ) reports that a judge ruled Monday that police obtained two 1998 statements after Champney asked to speak to a lawyer, but prosecutors can use a December 1997 statement because the defendant initiated that conversation.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, https://www.republicanherald.com

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