- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Checks meant for a lawyer in a northeastern Pennsylvania double-murder trial have been going to a different man with the same name.

The Citizens’ Voice reports Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1yEDr80 ) that Luzerne County sent more than $40,000 in checks to mason Bernard Brown instead of court-appointed lawyer Bernard Brown who’s representing Hugo Selenski.

The mason’s wife says they’re meeting the lawyer Tuesday to hand over a $36,826 check they’d received last week for his Selenski case work.

The county couldn’t explain the snafu. Bonnie Brown suspects her husband’s address came up because he’d previously helped out on election day.

Selenski’s trial is scheduled to start Wednesday in the May 2002 deaths of a pharmacist and the pharmacist’s girlfriend.

Their bodies were found buried on Selenski’s property more than a decade ago.

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com

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