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Did Stroke Make Murder Suspect Violent?

May 2, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

On April 25 Kenneth Wochley was charged with murder for the death of his wife Anne Wochley.

But friends of the 75-year old retired educator told the Orange Street News that he was to sick too know the difference between right and wrong after suffering a bad stroke one week before the April 2nd tragedy that seriously changed his personality.

“He was very sick and had no idea what he was doing,” a friend of Wochley told the Orange Street News.

Kenneth Wochley is charged with criminal homicide which means the government believes he “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently caused the death of Anne Wochley.”

A medical expert interviewed by the OSN supported the idea that it is possible that a stroke can change a non-violent person into a violent person depending on where the stroke happened.

“It depends on the part of the brain. If the stroke effected the front part of the brain it can definitely change behavior and that kind of thing can definitely happen,” Dr. Mahmood Nasir, a neurology specialist in Sunbury told the Orange Street News.

Friends of Wochley could not tell the OSN which part of the brain the stroke happened.

But the people of Selinsgrove were so shocked by the tragedy because Wochley and his wife Anne, were known as a happy, loving couple. Kenneth Wochley had a great reputation and was respected by many with no past record of violence.

“They seemed like a good, loving couple,” one neighbor told the Orange Street News. “I’m just in shock.”

“This is terrible. Just terrible,” another neighbor told the OSN. “I can’t believe this happened.”

When the Orange Street News contacted Snyder County Assistant District Attorney Mike Piecuch to ask what evidence they had that Wochley was healthy enough to know the difference between right and wrong, Piecuch told the OSN that “affidavit contains the evidence justifying the arrest.”

But a copy of the affidavit obtained by the OSN shows only that Kenneth Wochley was sitting on a chair “breathing but unconscious.”

It also says that “police have been unable to interview the suspect as of the writing of this complaint.”

Friends of Wochley are hoping the government takes another look at the case and possibly lowers the charges.

“Everyone knows he was to sick to know the difference between right and wrong,” a friend told the Orange Street News. “He was a great man and this is just a sad, sad, tragedy.”






One comment on “Did Stroke Make Murder Suspect Violent?

  1. Roger Rogers
    May 2, 2016

    Your best article yet! I tend to feel if he did not know he was murdering, he wont realize that is in jail.


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