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Jury clears man in Tamaqua drug death

Published June 12. 2018 03:42PM

A  Schuylkill County jury has cleared Kyle J. Merenda on all counts in the drug death of Alex Sienkiewicz, a Tamaqua woman who died of an overdose.

 John Seinkiewicz shouted as the verdicts were delivered. He said the jury was a farce.

His wife, Tammy, and others who accompanied the couple gasped and wept.

Prosecutors charged that Kyle J. Merenda sold Alex Sienkiewicz the fentanyl that killed her.

Merenda, 23, of Barnesville, was charged by trooper Joseph W. Hall of the Frackville barracks in the death of Sienkiewicz, a Tamaqua resident, on April 2, 2016.

He was charged with drug delivery resulting in death, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.

It is the first time in Schuylkill County that a person charged with drug delivery resulting in death has come to trial.

The jury began deliberating at 2 p.m. and returned the verdict just before 7 p.m.

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The farce is with the DA not the jury. The jury did their job. The DA should have never tried this case with no evidence connecting the dealer to the death. The jury can’t convict on hearsay. Shame on the county for putting this family through all that pain.
This case was brought to court from the prior administration NOT the current DA. And furthermore after the new DA took office is was transferred to the Attorney General's office because of a conflict (which happens with hundreds of cases in all counties if a new DA takes office. Depending who is hired as assistant da's...they are often from the public defender office etc. If even one of the new staff had anything to so with the case on the defense side then law requires the case to be conflicted out to the AG). So the current DA had ZERO to do with this going to trial.

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