Homicide charges filed in Carbondale stabbing death

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CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Monday, the Lackawanna District Attorney’s Office announced homicide charges against a man accused of stabbing a woman to death in her Carbondale home back in March.

Jerry Koezeno, of Mayfield, is being charged in the death of Suzanne Pauswinski after police say they identified Koezeno as a suspect during a two-month investigation.

“Though a life can never be replaced, we as law enforcement can hopefully find some small measure of comfort and closure to Suzanne’s family with today’s announcement,” said Pennsylvania State Police Captain Pete Gutkoski.

Police responded to 61 Farview Street in Carbondale around 4:00 p.m. back on March 29. When they arrived, they say they found Pauswinski stabbed to death in the home.

According to a release, police used “multiple sources of video surveillance” to determine Koezeno had driven his car to the victim’s residence on the day she was discovered.

“Which helped piece together the actions of Mr. Koezeno prior to the homicide as well as afterwards,” Gutkowski explained.

Officials say video surveillance showed Koezeno had driven his vehicle to Pauswinski’s home the day of the stabbing and spent several hours in the apartment. Along with the killing, he’s accused of stealing more than $700 in cash which officials say Pauswinski had stored in a secret location.

The two are said to have been acquaintances and knew each other for several years.

“They were acquaintances beforehand, knew each other so it would make sense that he knew she had that money stored in the freezer. The majority of that money was gambled shortly after the murder,” said Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell.

When questioned, Koezeno told police he had a few beers at Pauswinski’s home that day along with sexual relations before he left. Powell says the murder was planned.

“The evidence certainly suggests this was a pre-meditated killing that was thoughtful, that was executed with some degree of professionalism,” he said.

Koezeno is now facing charges of criminal homicide and theft.

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