All charges bound over in Sarkozy murder trial

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Ferenc Sarkozy of Toronto was bound over to trial on charges that he killed Erie Motel 6 night manager Greg Mogush in July. 

Sarkozy, 21, will stand trial on charges of Criminal Homicide and Aggravated Assault.   However, charges of Abuse of a Corpse were dismissed by District Judge Brian McGowan.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Sarkozy became agitated with Mogush, 61, and beat him to death.

District Attorney Jack Daneri called Trpr. Susan Edelman to the witness stand.  She interviewed Sarkozy after his arrest on July 17th.

She testified Sarkozy admitted he became agitated with hotel night manager Mogush when he threatened to  call the police on the Canadian hotel guest and pointed his finger at him.  At that point, Sarkozy confessed he got angry and felt disrespected and began to punch, kick, and repeatedly stomp Mogush.

The suspect was discovered at the hotel, his clothes and face covered in blood and his white crock-like shoes, turned red with the victim’s blood. 

The coroner’s autopsy report revealed the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head, face, neck, and abdomen.

Trpr. Edelman testified that Sarkozy admitted dragging the victim from behind the hotel front desk by his arm into a small nearby bathroom.  At some point, the defendant used a lighter on the victim’s abdomen in an attempt to either burn or set the victim on fire. 

Trpr Edelman also indicated at the preliminary hearing that the crime was captured on the hotel’s video surveillance camera.   However, she was not permitted by the court to testify as to what was on that video, since the prosecution was not willing to present it as evidence.

Sarkozy remains locked up in the Erie County prison pending trial. 

The defendant’s court-appointed defense attorney Alison Scarpitti had no comment following the hearing, but in motions filed last week, indicated Sarkozy “has a longstanding history of mental health disorders, beginning in childhood, and was hospitalized multiple times for said disorder, beginning when he was seventeen.” 

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