A former Indiana County man accused of murdering a Northern Cambria drug dealer will be tried in October. Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker yesterday set October 4th for jury selection in the trial of 43-year-old Sherman Holes, who lived in Cherry Tree at the time of the murder of 79-year-old Arch Henry, who was beaten with a 2-by-4 board on June 30th, 2010 and died three days later. Holes is currently serving a state prison term atSCI Retreat in Luzerne County for an unrelated case.
Investigators charged Holes last August after a new method ofDNAanalysis of the board tied him to the crime. He was the primary suspect all along after having been driven to Henry’s home on the night of the beating, supposedly to collect some money that Henry owed him. The woman who drove him there testified that she heard a struggle and when Holes came back outside she asked him about it and he denied that anything had happened.
Judge Krumenacker said he expects theCambriaCountypublic defender to challenge the DNA evidence, and to seek court approval for an expert to refute the new methodology that tied Holes to the crime. He said he will grant that request.