Superior court rejects appeal in Pa. double-murder

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An appeals court has rejected a petition that could have delayed next months' scheduled trial of a man accused of having killed two people and buried them on his northeastern Pennsylvania property a decade ago.

The state Superior Court on Tuesday sided with a Luzerne County judge who said prosecutors were justified in splitting four murder cases linked to 38-year-old Hugo Selenski into two separate trials.

Defense attorneys could appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Selenski is charged in the deaths of Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett, whose bodies were unearthed in 2003 behind Selenski's Kingston Township home.

Selenski was acquitted in the slayings of two other men whose remains were found there but is serving 32 1/2 to 65 years in a Monroe County home invasion case.

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