Sarkozy prelim continued until legal counsel can be obtained

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A 21-year-old man charged in a hotel murder was expected in court today, but his hearing was postponed.  

Fernec Sarkozy, of Ontario, was arrested in mid-July after investigators accused him of beating 61-year-old Gregory Mogush to death.  The crime happened while Mogush was working as the night clerk in a Summit Township hotel. 

Sarkozy is facing several charges, including criminal homicide and aggravated assault.  He had a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1:45 today, but it was delayed because the defendant does not yet have an attorney.  

The Chief Public Defender, Pat Kennedy, says there could be several explanations as to how that would happen in a homicide case.  “The process in Erie County has always been that there’s court-appointed counsel under contracts with the courts and in this particular case my only role is to get them an application, get a motion to the courts which would request counsel to be appointed.” 

Kennedy says the Public Defenders Office completed that step last week.  She says once an attorney is appointed, Sarkozy’s preliminary hearing will be rescheduled. 

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