The man accused of ambushing three people in Waterloo, killing two of them, was denied bail Monday afternoon.
Emerson “John” Tohafjian allegedly shot and killed 53-year-old Lori McConnell and 45-year-old Chuck Andrus at a home on Virginia street last month. A second woman, 50-year-old Karen Zdunko, was also hurt in the attack, but survived.
A grand jury indicted Tohafjian on 19 felony counts, including four counts of murder in the first degree, four counts of assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, three counts of burglary, tampering with a witness, intimidating a victim or witness, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and three counts of criminal contempt.
In court Monday afternoon, it was revealed Tohafjian has been assigned a public defender. Assistant Public Defender John Nabinger asked for bail saying Tohafjian has family in the area and is not a flight risk. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch argued that Tohafjian was in fact a flight risk, and asked if the court was going to set bail that it be a one-million cash and two-million bond.
Acting Seneca County Judge Rick Healy denied bail and sent Tohafjian back to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.
In court watching the 15-minute arraignment were several of both Tohafjian’s and the vicitim’s family members. Also sitting in court was Karen Zdunko. It was her apartment where McConnell and her boyfriend Chuck Andrus were shot. Zdunko was wounded in the shooting.
The case was adjourned until September 17th when a trial date will be set.