Three men charged in Somerset double murder

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Pennsylvania State Police announced on Thursday that three men have been charged in relation to the murders of James Smith and Damian Staniszewski.

“The disappearance and subsequent homicides of Mr. James Smith and Mr. Damian Staniszewki has been a complex, incredibly detailed investigation spanning nearly two years,” State Trooper Cliff Greenfield said.

Two of the three men arrested are from Ohio.

Devon Wyrick and Samson Washington, both from Columbus, face multiple charges, including two counts of criminal homicide.

Police also charged Joshua Bergmann, of Cresson Cambria County, with multiple charges, including aggravated assault and kidnapping.

“To the Smith and Staniszewski families, we know that this has been a very difficult time for you, and we know you have had to deal with many unanswered questions,” Trooper Greenfield said.

Police hope these charges will bring the Smith and Staniszewski families some degree of closure.

“This was a brutal, vicious double killing. It wasn’t quick, and it went across county lines, which made it harder for us with regards to collaboration of agencies,” Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari Strasiser said.

Trooper Greenfield said this is an ongoing investigation and asked anybody who has information to contact state police.

Preliminary hearing for all three men will be scheduled in the near future.

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