Charged with stabbing woman in October

Staff Report


A North Side man facing the death penalty in an Oct. 14 homicide pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

David Hackett, 51, is charged in the killing of Collena Carpenter, 30, whose body was found on an access road off of West Avenue on Oct. 14.

Police said Carpenter, of Homeworth, was stabbed more than 60 times and that she lived with Hackett of New York Avenue.

Carpenter faces a charge of aggravated murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of Carpenter’s slaying. His case was assigned to Judge John Durkin. A pretrial is set for Nov. 12.

Hackett was convicted of a murder he committed as a juvenile in 1978 and spent more than 20 years in prison.

He also faces two counts of kidnapping and one count of rape with repeat violent-offender specifications.

Files show Hackett and another man were charged with killing 42-year-old Joseph Beneski as he was walking down Foster Street near Fairmont Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25, 1978.

Beneski died from a shotgun blast to the back.

Court records show Hackett was indicted on four counts of rape and kidnapping in 2004, and he was found not guilty on all counts after a jury trial in 2006.

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