- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor says a towing company has destroyed a key piece of evidence against a Pennsylvania woman accused of trying to kill herself and her two young children with vehicle exhaust.

Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce (sang-weh-DOHL’-chay) told a judge Tuesday that Melissa Scholl’s car was destroyed by Act Truck and Trailer of Wilkes-Barre, which was supposed to maintain the impounded vehicle. A man who answered the company’s phone Wednesday declined to comment.

Scholl’s attorney wants a judge to dismiss the charges. A hose was found running from the car to its exhaust last December, but the attorney says Scholl never started the vehicle. He says an onboard computer that could prove that no longer exists.

The judge gave both attorneys 10 days to submit more information.

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