Crime Lab, coroner personnel testify in Toney trial

Staff report


Jurors seated for the trial of a man accused of a 2010 murder heard from city police crime-lab personnel and Dr. Joseph Ohr, the Mahoning County forensic pathologist and deputy coroner.

Crime-lab members told jurors Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court about the evidence they collected at the scene Sept. 25, 2010, where Thomas Repchic, 74, was shot and killed and his wife, Jacqueline, then 74, was wounded.

Aubrey Toney, 33, is charged with the crime and could face the death penalty if convicted of Thomas Repchic’s murder. He claims he was nowhere near the area the day of the shootings.

Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. today. Judge Maureen Sweeney is presiding over the trial that began May 29.

Police say Toney was feuding with another man and shot at a car the Repchics were driving on Southern Boulevard at East Philadelphia Avenue because it resembled a car the man Toney was feuding with was known to drive.

They said Toney borrowed an SUV from his cousin and fired several rounds from the passenger side of the SUV at the car.

Dr. Ohr testified about the injuries Thomas Repchic suffered that led to his death.

Another man, Kevin Agee, 28, was convicted in 2012 of being the driver for Toney. He was sentenced to 41 years to life in prison.

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