Lackawanna murder suspect faces grand jury action

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB)- He came into court using a walker from injuries police believe he inflicted on himself.

27-year-old Daniel Whiting, a trucker, stands accused of Second Degree Murder in the death of his 21-year-old wife, Ashley Whiting. Both were found in their Madison Avenue home with stab wounds. Ashley died of the wounds, while Lackawanna Police eventually gathered enough evidence to suggest, Daniel Whiting was responsible for both of their wounds.

Whiting was scheduled for a felony hearing Thursday afternoon, but that was waived after Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable declared in court that a grand jury has voted an indictment against Whiting. She could not comment on the details of the indictment at this point.

Ashley Whiting’s grandfather, John Kwasniewski says the family really had no indication that Daniel was capable of violence like this.

“Well, I know one thing, she loved her kids. She would do anything for her kids. I see here down at my son’s house for birthday parties and stuff and she was just a very good mother,” he said.

Whiting’s two children are now in the care of a relative. Kwasniewski wiped away tears as he recalled the morning of July 1.

“The worst time to get a telephone call in the morning and find out that she was dead. That was the worst time I ever had.”

Lackawanna Judge Frederic Marrano scheduled another court appearance for August 11, but that date could be cancelled if Whiting is arraigned in State Court  on a grand jury indictment before then.

 

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