Families of murder victims protest DA Krasner's prosecution policies

Justin Udo
October 08, 2019 - 8:26 pm
Families of murder victims upset with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's increase in plea deals rallied in front of his office earlier Tuesday to show their anger with his prosecution policies.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Families of murder victims upset with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's increase in plea deals rallied in front of his office earlier Tuesday to show their anger with his prosecution policies.

Sean Schellenger was fatally stabbed near Rittenhouse Square in July 2018. His mother, Linda Schellenger, helped organize the protest in front of Krasner's office just days after he decided to drop the third-degree murder charge against Michael White, the man accused of killing her son.

"I lost a son that cared about this city, he lived for this city," she said. "He lived for the people in this city, and he should not be gone."

Prosecutors are now moving on to trial on the voluntary manslaughter charge, which carries a less harsh sentence.

"He's intellectually dishonest," she added.

Schellenger says she's just asking for the justice system to work the way was designed to.

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"Everyone deserves a fair trail. The public defender's office has done a very good job of defending people in this city, which we're proud of, what we're not proud of is not having a prosecutor on he other side.

The trail into the fatal stabbing of Sean Schellenger is currently underway.

In a statement, the DA's office said Krasner "fully appreciates the right of all Philadelphians to disagree, dissent, and protest peacefully."