Luzerne County man charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault


A Luzerne County man is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

He has been accused of killing his girlfriend and assaulting her mother.

Police say 51-year-old Joseph Marchetti of Foster Township held them hostage at his home on Spring Street this past Sunday.

When officers got inside they found 46-year-old Antoinette Wilkinson dead.

A neighbor, Mike Gehan, said. "It's a horrible thing and everybody up here feels really bad about it because they were good people. We used to barbeque with them. You'd never see one without a smile on their face or a hello."

Antoinette's mother Barbara suffered a head injury.

Police say Marchetti shot himself before police came into the home but survived.

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