2011-01-15 / News

Emporium man’s murder trial delayed

Justice is being delayed in the murder case against an Emporium man, with no explanation being given.

Steven P. Rebert, 45, formerly of Coudersport, was due to go on trial last week in Jefferson County Court for allegedly killing Wayne and Vicky Shugar while burglarizing their home.

A new trial date has not yet been scheduled. The prosecutor, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffery Burkett, said he’ll seek the death penalty in the event of a conviction.

Meanwhile, police in New York continue to investigate Rebert’s possible role in the unsolved murders of Bill Fickel of Genesee County and Kevin Smith of Orleans County. They reported earlier that Rebert knew both of the victims and lived near them.

Rebert is accused of killing the Shugars in their home along Coal Tipple Road in Snyder Township. According to Burkett, the death penalty is an option because the murders took place during the commission of another felony – robbery.

Testimony presented during a preliminary hearing showed that police found traces of the victims’ blood and DNA on one of Rebert’s boots.

Rebert was living in a rented home on Broad Street in Emporium at the time of his arrest. Much of the evidence in the case was found there. He formerly lived on Dry Run Road in Sweden Township, Potter County.

Police say Rebert had no apparent relationship with the two victims, other than making purchases at the Shugars’ flower shop on Main Street in Brockway.

Rebert formerly lived in New York State and was a private contractor who installed cable, working in the local area for Adelphia and later Zito Media.

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