Jury selection starts for York Twp man accused of killing wife

Jury selection is under way this morning in the murder trial of Francis Timothy Plaza, who is accused in the July 25, 2009, shooting of his wife. Full Story
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Bro1856

Cockeysville, MD

#1 Aug 16, 2010
3rd degree- though dipstick should get the needle.
What are you thinking

York, PA

#2 Aug 16, 2010
Even if he was convicted of first-degree murder, he would not be eligible for the death penalty. There has to an aggravating factor beyond the specific intent to kill: such as a torture, or a victim under 12, etc.

What will probably happen here is either 3rd degree or voluntary. I doubt the jury will convict of first-degree. My money is on voluntary manslaughter. His actions after, by telling the son to call 911, seem to show that he momentarily lost it, which is what voluntary manslaughter is all about.
JSL

York, PA

#4 Aug 16, 2010
Having been through a very abusive relationship and living in the next building up from them, this really hit home when it happened. It could have been me. I felt horrible as I watched them bring those boys out. I hope this man thinks every day about what he's done to those kids. My heart goes out to the family, especially the kids.
Native Son

Temple, PA

#5 Aug 16, 2010
She spent most of her day on the computer ......
brian gotwalt

Wildwood, NJ

#6 Aug 17, 2010
he'll get the 3 rd degree just as the scum bobby allen got approx 15 years ago for killing my sister kelly gotwalt. york county jurors are instructed wrong. they don't consider what happens to the kids and familly after. bobby allen walks the streets after only 10 years and is remarried. murder should be murder. then again if this guy doesn't have the money to buy the best sleezy lawyer like allen did he may get more. by the way the sleezy lawyer who defended allen is now a york co judge. amazing
PeteB

AOL

#7 Aug 17, 2010
brian gotwalt wrote:
he'll get the 3 rd degree just as the scum bobby allen got approx 15 years ago for killing my sister kelly gotwalt. york county jurors are instructed wrong. they don't consider what happens to the kids and familly after. bobby allen walks the streets after only 10 years and is remarried. murder should be murder. then again if this guy doesn't have the money to buy the best sleezy lawyer like allen did he may get more. by the way the sleezy lawyer who defended allen is now a york co judge. amazing
I remember that case - I am sorry for your loss. And I agree - 99% of the time in York County, without a well-paid lawyer, you will get what is coming to you. Judges DO favor the criminals that pay for their defense
Kellys Mom

AOL

#8 Aug 17, 2010
here we go again , look at Bob Allen from 1993 , 6 shots at his new bride and killed her, left her 2 children without the wonderful Mother, and he got involuntary Manslaughter, Hello it has to stop in York, she found something out and wanted out of the marriage, well he spent 9 years in jail and he is remarried and living the good life, why, a jury who never heard the real truth, if you make me mad am I to kill you, don't think so, be a man and walk away. God will be his judge
Kellys Mom

AOL

#9 Aug 17, 2010
well at least if he get voluntary it is better then involuntary, like Allen got, in 1993 it was 5-10 for involuntary, Ridge made it got to 10-20 Big question if you murder someone do you ever deserve a trial, there is no reason for murder, I was abused by my husband but I didn't shoot him, he was a drinker, cheater and liar, I divorced him,
Big Bad Wolf

Woodland Hills, CA

#10 Aug 17, 2010
Murder should equal death. Simple as that. Unless its accidental or you are defending yourself. No excuse to let these criminals breath the same air as the rest of us.
Native Son

Temple, PA

#11 Aug 17, 2010
Kellys Mom wrote:
well at least if he get voluntary it is better then involuntary, like Allen got, in 1993 it was 5-10 for involuntary, Ridge made it got to 10-20 Big question if you murder someone do you ever deserve a trial, there is no reason for murder, I was abused by my husband but I didn't shoot him, he was a drinker, cheater and liar, I divorced him,
Ghetto Law for Cesspool York is a lifestyle entitlement ..... no death penalty, maximum plea bargaining down, minimum sentences and early parole so the perps can do it over again.
Greg

Harrisburg, PA

#12 Aug 17, 2010
Prosecutors: he hid the gun before the argument. That, right there, makes it first-degree murder -- this killing was planned; not a heat-of-the-moment act.

My hearts go out to the Plaza kids, who've now lost both parents.
mom n g-ma

York, PA

#13 Aug 17, 2010
Kellys Mom wrote:
here we go again , look at Bob Allen from 1993 , 6 shots at his new bride and killed her, left her 2 children without the wonderful Mother, and he got involuntary Manslaughter, Hello it has to stop in York, she found something out and wanted out of the marriage, well he spent 9 years in jail and he is remarried and living the good life, why, a jury who never heard the real truth, if you make me mad am I to kill you, don't think so, be a man and walk away. God will be his judge
Not only is he living the good life, he also visits classrooms at York Catholic and speaks to students about turning your life around, etc, etc. My kids were students there and had to listen to his BS. I was enraged when I heard about it. I can't believe he's even allowed to enter a school. He's a convicted felon who committed a violent crime, not a motivational speaker. This guy shouldn't even show his face in society after what he did to Kelly and her children who were/are now motherless.
Native Son

Temple, PA

#14 Aug 17, 2010
mom n g-ma wrote:
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Not only is he living the good life, he also visits classrooms at York Catholic and speaks to students about turning your life around, etc, etc. My kids were students there and had to listen to his BS. I was enraged when I heard about it. I can't believe he's even allowed to enter a school. He's a convicted felon who committed a violent crime, not a motivational speaker. This guy shouldn't even show his face in society after what he did to Kelly and her children who were/are now motherless.
He is entitled ..... to do what he wants ....... whenever he wants ..... to whom ever he wants, it is the new way of life.
Snake doc

Mount Aetna, PA

#15 Aug 17, 2010
If your man stopped using womens scented body washes and used Old Spice, he would smell like he could take you on more of these, while wearing this, or this, or this, all over this...
friend

Moorestown, NJ

#16 Aug 17, 2010
Greg wrote:
Prosecutors: he hid the gun before the argument. That, right there, makes it first-degree murder -- this killing was planned; not a heat-of-the-moment act.
My hearts go out to the Plaza kids, who've now lost both parents.
the gun was there on the bedside for protection...i feel sorry for the children. what a terrible loss it is without Michelle.
hopebobdiessoon

Huntingdon Valley, PA

#17 Aug 17, 2010
Native Son wrote:
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He is entitled ..... to do what he wants ....... whenever he wants ..... to whom ever he wants, it is the new way of life.
he is entitled to burn in hell, lets not forget he walked around AA for years prior to the killing preaching his bull crap also to all the morons who would listen. you must be one of them....have a drink....he's a fraud
hmmm

Spring Grove, PA

#18 Aug 17, 2010
Sounds plausible...I don't find myself defending too many people, but manslaughter may be reasonable. Too bad for the kids having to be involved in this.
hmmm

Spring Grove, PA

#19 Aug 17, 2010
Big Bad Wolf wrote:
Murder should equal death. Simple as that. Unless its accidental or you are defending yourself. No excuse to let these criminals breath the same air as the rest of us.
There is no accidental murder. You don't murder someone in self defense. Homicide is the act of taking a life. Murder is a legal term. It involved a homicide and malice, amongst many other factors. Its like saying my house was robbed when in fact it was burglarized. A robbery and a burglary are two very different crimes.
drew pfafflin

Harrisburg, PA

#20 Aug 17, 2010
why my arroz con pollo no ready?
i'm onna buss a cap in your ayse.
im a hunter.
im onna shoot dees plaze up yo.
mira!
mira!
mira!
Kellys Mom

AOL

#21 Aug 17, 2010
mom n g-ma wrote:
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Not only is he living the good life, he also visits classrooms at York Catholic and speaks to students about turning your life around, etc, etc. My kids were students there and had to listen to his BS. I was enraged when I heard about it. I can't believe he's even allowed to enter a school. He's a convicted felon who committed a violent crime, not a motivational speaker. This guy shouldn't even show his face in society after what he did to Kelly and her children who were/are now motherless.
thanks, there are just too many things people don't know, I just ran into him and he still has never showed any remorse, he said he worked on his anger, that was in a bank after he cut someone off in the parking lot road rage, I talked to him and all he wanted to do was brag, still never saying how are you and the kids, these people who murder don't change, I don't believe anything he says, and this one that is on trial now, I am sure he wants to say bad things about her, thinking someone will pity him, I am on my kness in prayer for her family, just think what it is to look into a gun with the man behind it

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