Retired State Trooper Acquitted of Weapon and Assault Charges In Domestic Abuse Case

Posted on 7 December 2013

On Sunday, September 15, 2013 a retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper was arrested and charged with assault and weapons offenses. These charges arose out of complaints filed by his wife who alleged that on the evening of Friday, September 13, 2013 the former Trooper and she had a domestic dispute inside of their home. She claimed that when she arrived home from work her husband told her that their marriage was over and that he was sorry he had ever married her. She responded that she would just leave and at that point, began to pack her bags. She claimed that in the course of leaving, her husband tried to prevent her from leaving by blocking her exit, ordering her to return up stairs and by drawing and cocking a firearm which he waived allegedly in an effort to stop her from leaving. She eventually did leave the home and some time later reported the alleged incident to the Philadelphia Police. The following morning the Police arrived at the residence at which time a firearm was recovered and the defendant was arrested. The defendant retained Perry de Marco Sr. to represent him in this case. The case proceeded to trial on November 26, 2013. At that time, the wife testified in accordance with the aforementioned allegations. She was subjected to cross-examination by Perry de Marco,Sr. at the conclusion of which she admitted that she still wanted to be married to her husband. The defendant also testified and denied that he had ever assaulted his wife, he also denied that he had ever pulled out a weapon and that he ever tried to prevent her from leaving. He also presented reputation witnesses to the effect that the retired Trooper had an excellent reputation for being a peaceful, law abiding citizen. At that conclusion of the trial he was found not guilty of all charges.