4th Trial for Man Accused of Slaying Teen Clerk

A former West Virginia man is heading for a fourth trial in the murder of a teenage clerk at a southwestern Pennsylvania dry cleaner decades ago.

The Observer-Reporter reports that Washington County President Judge Katherine Emery last week assigned the case to a judge and ordered outstanding matters to be addressed in the next month.

Sixty-year-old William "Tippy" Wallace is already serving a life sentence in the August 1979 shooting death of 63-year-old Carl Luisi Sr., who owned the Canonsburg business, but faces trial in the murder of 15-year-old Tina Spalla.

Wallace's first trial ended in a hung jury in 1980. He was convicted of both murders in 1981 and again in 1985 after winning an appeal, but a federal judge ordered a retrial in Spalla's death.

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