Competency Evaluation Sought for Woman Accused of Shooting Healthcare Worker

CLEARFIELD – The preliminary hearing for an elderly Osceola Mills woman who has been accused of shooting her healthcare worker during a routine visit on Dec. 6 was continued this morning by Magisterial District Judge Jerome M. Nevling during Centralized Court at the Clearfield County Jail.

Marlene W. Kenjora, 69, of Osceola Mills is facing charges of criminal attempt/criminal homicide; aggravated assault; discharge of a firearm into occupied structure; recklessly endangering another person; and simple assault. Kenjora has retained private counsel in Guy N. Amatangelo, Esq. of Pittsburgh, who requested the continuance for Kenjora to undergo a competency evaluation. Kenjora remains incarcerated in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, at approximately 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6, Chief Timothy S. O’Leary of the Decatur Township Police Department was dispatched to a gunshot victim on Morgan Run Road. Upon arrival police found a Centre Home Care Services employee with blood running down the left side of her head, and a neighbor applying pressure to the wound.

The victim informed O’Leary she was a registered nurse and visited Kenjora to provide services. During the visit, she and Kenjora allegedly argued over the defendant’s prescribed medications. The victim described Kenjora as being “belligerent and irate” and decided that she needed to contact Clearfield/Jefferson County Mobile Crisis to report to the Kenjora residence.

While the victim was on the telephone, Kenjora allegedly raised a handgun and fired one shot. Kenjora struck the victim on the left side of her head. The victim fled the residence and drove to the neighbor’s to seek assistance. O’Leary remained at the scene until Moshannon Valley Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported the victim to the Altoona Regional Hospital.

O’Leary requested the assistance of the Clearfield-based state police and Lt. Todd Lombardo of the Morris-Cooper Regional Police Department. All assisting police officers staged down the road from the Kenjora residence. Police established a perimeter around the residence, and she was contacted by telephone. By phone O’Leary asked Kenjora to exit her residence, which she did. She was apprehended by police without incident.

After taking her into custody, police located a .22-caliber revolver handgun. Further investigation revealed nine .22-caliber bullets in the revolver cylinder of the handgun; of those, only one had been fired. However, police noted that one bullet appeared to be struck by the hammer of the weapon and didn’t discharge.  Police also observed a “blood splatter” on the chair and floor in the living room.

While seated in the police vehicle, Kenjora said, “I’m sorry I shot her. I did it. I just snapped!”

Kenjora was transported to the Decatur Township Police Department, where O’Leary contacted mobile crisis about the victim’s telephone call from the Kenjora residence. A mobile crisis worker said they had been contacted by the victim at approximately 4:08 p.m. She said while she was obtaining information from the victim, she heard yelling in the background. Then, she said the victim yelled, “She shot me! She shot me!” to which Kenjora replied: “You are darn right I did!”

The mobile crisis worker requested that her co-worker contact police for assistance. The victim related she’d been shot in the head and needed to get to her vehicle. Her phone call abruptly ended at approximately 4:12 p.m. The mobile crisis worker called the victim back at which point she informed she’d gone to a neighbor’s residence for assistance.

O’Leary contacted the Altoona Regional Hospital concerning the severity of the victim’s injuries. Medical staff informed O’Leary that she’d been rushed into emergency surgery, and the surgeon had removed the bullet from the left temporal portion of the victim’s head. She was listed in “stable but guarded condition.”

At approximately 10 p.m., Kenjora was questioned about the alleged shooting incident. Kenjora told O’Leary and Officer James Ward, “I’m sorry I shot her, but I snapped. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I just snapped.”

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