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February 27, 2014

Lawyers, judge confer on trial in murder case

EBENSBURG — The first degree murder trial of Lemmel Myers is proceeding through Cambria County court, spurred along by a closed door session Thursday involving the judge and lawyers in the case.

No jury selection or trial dates have been set, prosecution and defense attorneys said after meeting with Judge Linda Fleming.

Myers, 27, faces criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related charges in the July 24 shooting death of Leslie “Bill” Schetrompf in a Johns­town apartment. The case had been set to come up in April, but was postponed Thursday.

“It was continued until the next term (of criminal court), which is May 5,” Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hochfeld said.

Defense attorney Daniel Kiss of Blair County said the two sides are cooperating in terms of discovery – information such as police reports, evidence and any expert analysis.

Kiss said he had just learned of additional charges filed against his client by the Johns­town Police Department earlier this week.

The drug and firearm charges are linked to a search of the apartment complex in the 100 block of Fairfield Avenue in the city’s West End.

The search occurred after police were called to investigate the homicide, which was said to have ended an argument over $20.

Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County Courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at


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