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Arraignment postponed for double homicide suspect indicted on 19 felony counts

Arraignment postponed for double homicide suspect indicted on 19 felony counts

July 20, 2018 03:24 PM

The suspect in the deadly triple shooting in Waterloo has been indicted on 19 felony counts by the Seneca County grand jury. 

The indictment filed against 48-year-old Emerson "John" Tohafjian includes four counts of murder in the first degree, four counts of assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, three counts of burglary, tampering with a witness, intimidating a victim or witness, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and three counts of criminal contempt.

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The indictment alleges Tohafjian entered an apartment on Virginia Street in violation of three orders of protection, caused the death of 45-year-old Chuck Andrus and 53-year-old Lori McConnell, and injured 50-year-old Karen Zdunko by means of a deadly weapon.

On Friday, Tohajfian asked the judge to postpone his arraignment in order to secure a private lawyer. The judge agreed, adjourning it until August 6.

When asked if he wanted to say anything, Tohajfian said no because "the court system is a joke."

He will remain in the Seneca County Jail without bail.

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