Death row inmate Koehler back in Bradford County Court
Death row inmate John Koehler was back in Bradford County on Thursday, for a post conviction petition hearing before President Judge Jeffrey Smith.
Koehler, 45, formerly of New Jersey, was convicted in Bradford County Court in April 1996 of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Regina Clark, 31, and her 9-year-old son Austin Clark. Koehler was sentenced to death the day after his murder convictions.
Attorneys representing Koehler, as well as representatives from the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office, made their arguments before Judge Smith on Thursday. However, no decision was made during the proceedings, and not all testimony was completed. The hearing is scheduled to be completed in August.
Regina Clarks body was discovered in April 1995 in an abandoned refrigerator along a dirt road in Stevens Township. An investigation by the state police led them to William Curley, who was 19 at the time of the double homicide.
Curley, a former resident of Bradford County, eventually confessed that hed shot and killed Regina Clark and her son in a garage in Windham Township on Koehlers orders.
Curley was eventually found guilty of 1st- and 2nd-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Koehler has spent the last 10 years appealing his death sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Koehler in 1992.