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Saturday, October 27, 2007

[PA] Officer Dennis did kill Carli. Sentenced to life with no parole

Ending a 2-week trial today, a jury found then-Dallas Township police officer Jeffrey Dennis guilty of 1st degree murder for killing his wife - Luzerne County 911 Dispatcher Carli Bitterman Dennis - and Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Conahan sentenced him to life in prison immediately after the verdict.


Excerpts from trial coverage here

Earlier blog entries:

March 02, 2006
[PA] COP'S WIFE & POLICE DISPATCHER CARLI DENNIS FOUND DEAD -Carli Anne Bitterman Dennis, 30, of Wyoming, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at home. She was the wife of Jeffery J. Dennis. She was born in Auburn, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 1976. She was a daughter of...

Apr 20, 2006
[PA] Officer Dennis is saying that his wife killed herself, but... -Today Pennsylvania Dallas Township Police Officer Jeffrey Dennis says he didn't kill his wife Carli... Dennis claims his wife shot herself... the victim's best friend said Dennis told her Carli died because of what she did to him... Another witness said Dennis threatened to shoot her and make it look like she did it...

Jun 15, 2007
[PA] Stepping Closer to Justice for Carli - ...Prosecutors also plan to introduce evidence of other crimes Jeff Dennis allegedly committed, including a possible assault of his wife a week before her death. Those alleged crimes will be substantiated by eyewitness testimony of him grabbing her by the hair and neck multiple times... A witness also will testify Jeff Dennis had stated he placed a gun to the back of his wife's head "numerous times"...

October 15, 2007
[PA] Jeff Dennis, an officer when Carli was stolen from us, is on trial - I will add updates to the comments of this entry as the trial proceeds... Now it's time for a jury to decide whether 30-year-old [911 Dispatcher] Carli Dennis died from a lone bullet fired by her husband, police officer Jeff Dennis, or by herself...

October 24, 2007
[PA] Officer Dennis killed Carli the way he said he would - Jeff Dennis was kneeling at his wife's casket. His best friend, William Jones, walked up behind him, and leaned in to whisper something to him. But Jeff Dennis was already talking. He was whispering something to Carli's body. "I told you you wouldn't get away with it, bitch"...
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    Dennis gets life in jail for killing wife
    After two hours of deliberations, jury convicts Jeff Dennis of first-degree murder.
    The Times Leader
    By David Weiss dweiss@timesleader.com
    Sunday, October 28, 2007
    Sue Bitterman closed her eyes. She was listening to a defense attorney trying to tear apart the prosecution's case against Jeff Dennis...

    The Citizens Voice
    As members of a jury made their way from a Luzerne County courtroom Saturday afternoon, a grieving mother greeted them with smiles. She thanked them for convicting her daughter's killer...

    Convicted Dennis struggles as wife's family, friends speak
    The Citizens Voice
    Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan wasted no time Saturday afternoon in sentencing Jeffrey Dennis for killing his wife Carli while she slept inside the bedroom of her Wyoming home...

  2. Former Dallas Twp. cop appeals first-degree murder conviction
    Citizens Voice, PA

    An attorney for convicted wife killer Jeffrey Jerome Dennis on Monday filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

    A jury convicted Dennis on Oct. 27 of first-degree murder for slaying his wife as she slept in their Wyoming home in February 2006. Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan immediately sentenced the former Dallas Township police officer to life in prison.

    Dennis’ public defender William Ruzzo notified prosecutors and the court of the appeal in court documents Monday afternoon.

    Ruzzo also noted Dennis is unable to afford the costs of an appeal. Dennis previously was eligible for representation by the Luzerne County public defender’s office, and there has been no change in his financial status, Ruzzo argued.

    bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2055

    Investigators say Dennis, 36, murdered his wife, Carli, because he was angered over an affair she was having at work. Dennis claimed she committed suicide or the gun accidentally discharged. It took the jury two hours to reach a verdict following a two-week trial.

    Dennis is jailed in State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, Cumberland County.


  3. Thank God our prayers were answered and justice has been served for Carli. Her light will shine on us forever!


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