Luzerne County man accused of murdering girlfriend


FOSTER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- A Luzerne County man has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend over the weekend.

Police say Joseph Marchetti, 51, of Foster Township shot and beat to death Antoinette Wilkinson, 46, inside her home on Sunday.

State and local police were called to the home at 6:30 AM. The standoff ended just before noon when police stormed the home.

They found Wilkinson’s mother, Barbara, badly injured. Investigators say Marchetti assaulted her before turning the gun on himself.

He faces attempted murder charges in connection with the assault.

Marchetti remains in the hospital with head injuries. A motive for the killing has not been determined.

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