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November 19, 1992 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON TARVER
Joseph Kraft (right), 82, with attorney F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr., surrendered yesterday at the Police Administration Building in connection with a fatal Nov. 8 accident near the Franklin Mills Mall. He was charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle. Police said three died when their car was struck from behind by Kraft's car. Kraft was released after an arraignment. Another hearing is set Dec. 9.
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December 10, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The defense lawyer said the fiery deaths of three people in a car crash Nov. 8 was an accident, but the prosecution called it murder. Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza agreed with the prosecution, and held Joseph Kraft, 82, for trial yesterday on three counts of murder and various related charges. Kraft remained free on bail. Assistant District Attorney Evan Silverstein said Joseph Kraft, of Waldemire Drive near Newberry Road, drove so recklessly that he showed "an indifference to the value of human life" while driving on Knights Road near the Franklin Mills Mall in the Northeast.
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November 14, 1992 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Funeral services will be held this morning for Leroy Phillip Hendricks, 41, and his son Leroy Phillip Johnson, 22, who were killed Sunday when their car burst into flames after being struck from behind in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Hendricks was a master brick mason in Local 1201 for the Philadelphia school district, where he worked for 17 years. He was an owner of Timbuktu, a music and gift boutique, and was a founding member of Triangle Productions, a networking organization.
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November 19, 1992 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph Kraft, the 82-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist who police said was involved in a fiery crash that left three people dead, surrendered yesterday. Kraft, of Waldemire Drive near Newberry Road, quietly walked across the parking lot of the Police Administration Building, 8th and Race streets, with his attorney and an unidentified man shortly after 9 a.m. Dressed in a heavy windbreaker, dark slacks and a tweed hat, he strode past a phalanx of photographers and reporters without saying a word, and into the Roundhouse, where he was taken into custody by a homicide detective.
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November 26, 1997 | by John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
Relatives of murder victims shout and weep. Prosecutors cringe, defense lawyers smile. It's Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette on the bench, dispensing justice with what she sees as a firm but compassionate hand, but with what her critics view as eccentricity and wrongheadedness. Take last week: Screams of rage broke from the spectator seats where the family of murdered Tayon Timmons, 25, were gathered when Richette acquitted his accused killer, Shelbe Carter, 24. "This ain't right!"
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June 28, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The lawyer said his 83-year-old Northeast Philadelphia client was driving a runaway car when it collided with several other autos, causing the fiery deaths of three people last year. "A mechanical failure caused the accident," said attorney F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr. "It upset the vacuum balance in the system and caused the car to accelerate. My client should not have been arrested. " Fitzpatrick is hoping that his argument will persuade Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette to acquit Joseph Kraft of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and related charges.
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November 10, 1992 | by Yvonne Latty and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
Joseph Kraft, 82, always kept his white 1991 Cadillac Coupe DeVille clean and shiny. He used to drive slowly around his Northeast neighborhood, sometimes just around the corner, to do odd jobs in the home of his "lady friend," 75-year- old Martha Cahill. Sometimes the couple would hop into the Cadillac and spend the evening out. But on Sunday evening something terrible happened. Kraft lost control of his car about 5:25 p.m. and now three people are dead. It was not clear last night what caused Kraft to lose control of his automobile.
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December 10, 1992 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 82-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist involved in a fiery crash that left three people dead was ordered yesterday to stand trial on three counts of murder, vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and other charges. Joseph Kraft stood quietly as Municipal Court Judge Louis J. Presenza ruled that the defendant's conduct was reckless and malicious when the car he was driving - north on Knights Road at 40 to 50 m.p.h. about 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 8 - struck a 1992 Toyota from the rear at Liberty Bell Boulevard, then sped from the scene.
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July 14, 1993
HER HONOR AND THE HIT-RUN DRIVER: OCTOGENARIAN'S ACQUITTAL IS DECRIED I'm glad I wasn't in Judge Lisa Richette's shoes when she declared Joseph Kraft innocent of all charges in the fiery deaths of three people in their Honda last year. Although Mr. Kraft may not have been guilty of vehicular homicide, I do not understand how she could rely on the testimony of one man, an expert in automotive malfunctions, to convince her he was not to blame. If he was not able to stop the car from careening into other vehicles, blindly, he certainly seems to be guilty of being 83. When a person is that old, reflexes do not work as well - eyes are sensitive, and under stress, a man that old may not react quickly enough.
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June 29, 1993 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 83-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist - who said his car accelerated "on its own," causing a chain of accidents and a fiery crash that killed three people - was acquitted yesterday of murder and other criminal charges. Joseph Kraft testified at a Common Pleas Court trial that he kept his 1991 Cadillac Coupe DeVille in pristine condition and "noticed nothing wrong" when he got behind the wheel to drive to a friend's house in November 1992. But moments later, after turning onto Knights Road near the Franklin Mills Mall, Kraft said, his car accelerated "all of a sudden.
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November 26, 1997 | by John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
Relatives of murder victims shout and weep. Prosecutors cringe, defense lawyers smile. It's Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette on the bench, dispensing justice with what she sees as a firm but compassionate hand, but with what her critics view as eccentricity and wrongheadedness. Take last week: Screams of rage broke from the spectator seats where the family of murdered Tayon Timmons, 25, were gathered when Richette acquitted his accused killer, Shelbe Carter, 24. "This ain't right!"
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July 14, 1993
HER HONOR AND THE HIT-RUN DRIVER: OCTOGENARIAN'S ACQUITTAL IS DECRIED I'm glad I wasn't in Judge Lisa Richette's shoes when she declared Joseph Kraft innocent of all charges in the fiery deaths of three people in their Honda last year. Although Mr. Kraft may not have been guilty of vehicular homicide, I do not understand how she could rely on the testimony of one man, an expert in automotive malfunctions, to convince her he was not to blame. If he was not able to stop the car from careening into other vehicles, blindly, he certainly seems to be guilty of being 83. When a person is that old, reflexes do not work as well - eyes are sensitive, and under stress, a man that old may not react quickly enough.
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June 29, 1993 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 83-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist - who said his car accelerated "on its own," causing a chain of accidents and a fiery crash that killed three people - was acquitted yesterday of murder and other criminal charges. Joseph Kraft testified at a Common Pleas Court trial that he kept his 1991 Cadillac Coupe DeVille in pristine condition and "noticed nothing wrong" when he got behind the wheel to drive to a friend's house in November 1992. But moments later, after turning onto Knights Road near the Franklin Mills Mall, Kraft said, his car accelerated "all of a sudden.
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June 29, 1993 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Marianne Costantinou contributed to this report
An 83-year-old man from Northeast Philadelphia was acquitted yesterday of all charges, including murder, in a fiery car crash that killed three people last year. As shouts of disbelief rose from the relatives of the dead, Common Pleas Judge Lisa Richette pronounced Joseph Kraft not guilty of murder, vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and other charges. The judge said she believed defense arguments that Kraft's 1991 Cadillac Coupe DeVille "spontaneously accelerated" and caused the accident.
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June 28, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The lawyer said his 83-year-old Northeast Philadelphia client was driving a runaway car when it collided with several other autos, causing the fiery deaths of three people last year. "A mechanical failure caused the accident," said attorney F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr. "It upset the vacuum balance in the system and caused the car to accelerate. My client should not have been arrested. " Fitzpatrick is hoping that his argument will persuade Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette to acquit Joseph Kraft of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and related charges.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The defense lawyer said the fiery deaths of three people in a car crash Nov. 8 was an accident, but the prosecution called it murder. Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza agreed with the prosecution, and held Joseph Kraft, 82, for trial yesterday on three counts of murder and various related charges. Kraft remained free on bail. Assistant District Attorney Evan Silverstein said Joseph Kraft, of Waldemire Drive near Newberry Road, drove so recklessly that he showed "an indifference to the value of human life" while driving on Knights Road near the Franklin Mills Mall in the Northeast.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 82-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist involved in a fiery crash that left three people dead was ordered yesterday to stand trial on three counts of murder, vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and other charges. Joseph Kraft stood quietly as Municipal Court Judge Louis J. Presenza ruled that the defendant's conduct was reckless and malicious when the car he was driving - north on Knights Road at 40 to 50 m.p.h. about 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 8 - struck a 1992 Toyota from the rear at Liberty Bell Boulevard, then sped from the scene.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph Kraft, the 82-year-old Northeast Philadelphia motorist who police said was involved in a fiery crash that left three people dead, surrendered yesterday. Kraft, of Waldemire Drive near Newberry Road, quietly walked across the parking lot of the Police Administration Building, 8th and Race streets, with his attorney and an unidentified man shortly after 9 a.m. Dressed in a heavy windbreaker, dark slacks and a tweed hat, he strode past a phalanx of photographers and reporters without saying a word, and into the Roundhouse, where he was taken into custody by a homicide detective.
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November 19, 1992 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON TARVER
Joseph Kraft (right), 82, with attorney F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr., surrendered yesterday at the Police Administration Building in connection with a fatal Nov. 8 accident near the Franklin Mills Mall. He was charged with three counts of homicide by vehicle. Police said three died when their car was struck from behind by Kraft's car. Kraft was released after an arraignment. Another hearing is set Dec. 9.
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November 14, 1992 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Funeral services will be held this morning for Leroy Phillip Hendricks, 41, and his son Leroy Phillip Johnson, 22, who were killed Sunday when their car burst into flames after being struck from behind in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Hendricks was a master brick mason in Local 1201 for the Philadelphia school district, where he worked for 17 years. He was an owner of Timbuktu, a music and gift boutique, and was a founding member of Triangle Productions, a networking organization.
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