Suspect’s Girlfriend & Friends Testify at Bonacci Homicide Trial

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A girl who dated murder suspect Jason Dominick for roughly five years took center stage at his murder trial Wednesday afternoon in Lackawanna County.

Kerri Tucker was on the stand for several hours.

Prosecutors believe jealousy over her may have been the motive for Dominick killing Frank Bonacci last year.

Tucker went over text messages for the jury that Dominick sent to her and part of a consentual phone call that she placed to him along with police was played for the jury.

On the phone call, Dominick denied any wrongdoing, even when she told him police had a picture of him in victim Frank Bonacci’s Jeep.

Tucker was just one of several people to testify for the prosecution Wednesday.

Brandon Emily helped to build the prosecution’s case.

After an all-night drinking party last July, he told jurors that Jason Dominick and his friend Neil Pal walked away from the party with Bonacci just before 7:00 AM.

While he admitted there was no tension between any of the men, he may have been one of the last people to see Frank Bonacci alive.

Prosecutors believe that immediately after leaving the party at Neil Pal’s home, Pal and Dominick drove Bonacci to an area known as “Step Falls” behind the University of Scranton and shot him.

Mary Beth Castaldi, who is a friend of the suspects, also took the witness stand.

She testified that Neil Pal called her at 7:18 AM asking for a ride.

Castaldi told jurors that she picked up both suspects on the side of Interstate 81 near the “Step Falls” and Nay Aug Park area.

Prosecutors speculate the two men had just killed Bonacci but Castaldi testified that they both acted “completely normal” and said they both acted like themselves.

Prosecutors also played video interviews with both Jason Dominick and Neil Pal that were conducted by Dunmore police while Frank Bonacci was still missing.

In the videotapes, both men said Bonacci left the party alone but according to Dominick’s own attorney on Tuesday, we know his client wasn’t telling the truth during that interview.

Testimony continues at 9:30 AM on Thursday at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton.

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