Pottstown man to stand trial on charges he killed ex's new love interest

Jim Melwert
February 11, 2019 - 4:43 pm
Sean Emmell, 24, is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Joshua Shupard.

Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney

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POTTSTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Pottstown man is ordered to stand trial on charges he stabbed and killed his ex-girlfriend’s new love interest when that man tried to come to her rescue. 

Sean Emmell will face trial on charges of first- or third-degree murder in the death of Joshua Shupard, along with charges he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutor Brianna Ringwood says they’ve filed additional charges of attempted rape and attempted sexual assault. 

“Because on Jan. 3, the defendant tried to have sexual intercourse with the victim by force before the male victim came on scene and tried to interrupt," Ringwood said. 

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According to police, Emmell’s ex-girlfriend set up a meeting with him on Jan. 3 near Pottstown Middle School.

Prosecutors say Emmell had raped her in the past, so she’d brought a knife for protection and asked Shupard to keep an eye on her. 

They say Emmell pressed a thumbtack to her throat told her to put her seat back because he "wanted to have some fun." She pulled the knife and honked the horn to signal Shupard.

But, prosecutors say, Emmell took that knife from her and when Shupard pulled up, Emmell stabbed him in the chest.

A police officer testified when he arrived, Emmell was on the ground on all fours, crying, with the knife on the ground near him.

Defense attorney Carrie Allman argued unsuccessfully against the first-degree murder charge, pointing out Emmell did not bring the knife and he was clearly upset after the stabbing.

A formal arraignment is scheduled for April 10.