CLEARFIELD – A trial date has been set for an area man accused of killing a woman while she was mowing her lawn in DuBois in 2015.
Joshua Jeffrey Nelson, 32, left Penn Highlands DuBois, and walked into the Brown Street area of DuBois where he allegedly stole a vehicle and struck a woman as she worked in her yard, according to previous repots.
He also allegedly assaulted two women at a nearby home. These events occurred on Aug. 21, 2015.
Nelson, 32, is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, resisting arrest, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and criminal attempt.
Nelson has been incarcerated on a probation violation since the time of the incident.
A motion by the Commonwealth asking for information from the defense was discussed in motions court Tuesday where Judge Paul Cherry noted that the case is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 30 with jury selection on Oct. 5.
Mike Marshall, attorney for Nelson, explained that the Commonwealth’s list of information includes some items that he actually received from them.
Assistant District Attorney Jendi Schwab stated that one of the things they want is copies of any psychiatric evaluations. This is needed to allow the prosecution to prepare their experts for the trial, she said.
Marshall stated the list asks for specifics on phone calls made to the family, but if this information is not included in the expert’s report, Marshall argued there is no point in turning it over.
He added that he is not sure if the expert has anything but some notations about the calls.
Cherry suggested Schwab review the reports and if this information is referenced, then she can request it or any other items that supports the information in the report.
After the items originally given by the district attorney’s office to the defense were removed from the list, Cherry approved the motion giving Marshall five days to provide the other items.
For a complete breakdown of the events of Aug. 21, 2015, click here.