GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – The Attorney General’s Office of Pennsylvania has taken over the prosecution of Tracey Hassel, who police allege murdered prominent Greenville business owner Frank Crash.
Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems announced that he was turning over the case on Tuesday, at the request of incoming District Attorney Miles Karson, who left the District Attorney’s office in 2013, in part, because he had taken on representation of the Frank Crash estate as the Estate’s paid attorney. Kochems said the case would create a conflict of interest, as such.
The Attorney General has assigned Senior Deputy Attorney General Simquita Bridges, who will be working with Chief Assistant Attorney General Laura Ditka, both of the Criminal Division, as the attorneys prosecuting Hassel.
The attorneys are experienced trial lawyers and work out of the Pittsburgh office of the Attorney General, according to a news release from Kochems’ office.
Kochems will meet with the lawyers and police next week to review the case and hand over the files. Judge Robert G. Yeatts, who is assigned the trial, will schedule status conference after that time.
Crash was found dead, stabbed more than 70 times, inside his Hempfield Township home in July of 2013. His cell phone had been smashed and the phone cord pulled out of the wall.
A gold 3.5 carat diamond ring was missing from Crash’s home.
According to a criminal complaint filed in a district court in Mercer County, police believe Hassel needed bail money for her boyfriend, who was in jail, and broke into Crash’s house through a rear sliding glass door.