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Evidence hearing in 6-fatality case

August 29, 2014

Photo by Ted Lutz Julia Brechtel (left), a deputy with the McKean County Sheriff's Department, accompanies Kathleen Douglas (right) of Kane into the county courthouse Friday for a hearing on a defense motion to suppress evidence in her criminal case. Douglas faces 35 charges linked with the death of six people in a traffic accident a year ago. A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 in McKean County Court.

SMETHPORT – A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed six—including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.
The trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 15 in McKean County Court. Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren will preside at the trial.
In one motion, Miller claims the State Police conducted an illegal search of the defendant’s vehicle and her purse, which was located in the vehicle.

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