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Divorce or Murder Charges, Which Would You Choose?

Morgan Marie Mengel of West Goshen Township in West Chester, Pennsylvania was not happy in her marriage. Instead of filing for divorce, she is on trial for his murder. According to public sources Ms. Mengel is accused of conspiring with her young lover, Stephen M. Shappel, to poisoning and fatally bludgeoning her husband, Kevin Mengel, Jr. on June 17, 2010.

On June 20, 2010, Kathleen Barton, Kevin Mengel’s mother, reported her son missing after she received suspicious texts supposedly from her son stating he was “leaving the area and did not want to be bothered by anyone” stated West Goshen Police Chief Michael J. Carroll. On June 25, 2010, police investigators went to Mr. Mengel’s landscaping business, MKB Property Maintenance to interview employees. While police were still on the premises, Ms. Mengel and Mr. Shappell, who was an employee at the landscaping business, arrived together and upon seeing the police, Mr. Shappell fled the scene in Ms. Mengel’s truck. Police questioned Ms. Mengel. She first told police her husband left the area. Later she finally admitted that Stephen Shappell murdered her husband and she was aware of the murder.

Ms. Mengel was arraigned on June 25, 2010. The next day Kevin Mengel, Jr.’s body was found by cadaver dogs behind Marple Newtown High School. According to Chester County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Carmody and Assistant District Attorney Deborah Ryan, Ms. Mengel had been having an affair with Mr. Shappell since May 2010 and “had convinced 22-year-old Stephen Shappell to bludgeon Kevin Mengel with a shovel after she had poisoned him with a bottle of iced tea.” On the morning of June 17, 2010, Stephen Shappell did just that, breaking two shovels in the process, but not without text messages from Ms. Mengel urging him to “not chicken out.” After the murder, Mr. Shappell texted Ms. Mengel to come to the landscaping business where the prosecution alleges they tied up the body in a tarp, cleaned the area and Mr. Shappell took the body and buried it behind Marple Newtown High School. Stephen Shappell has already pled guilty to murder charges and is expected to testify for the prosecution.

The Mengel’s were married in 1998 after the birth of their first child and by 1999 court records show custody disputes. The couple went on to have two more children during their marriage and in 2004, Ms. Mengel filed for divorce, but then withdrew the complaint a month later. Trial for this case is scheduled for early February.

Contact Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyer, Jason R. Antoine, Esquire at (610) 299-0295 if you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Everything You Need to Know About the ARD Program for First Offense DUI’s in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

In Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania the ARD program is offered to certain first time DUI offenders that opt to be accepted into the program. The major benefit of ARD is that you or your attorney will be entitled to file an expungement petition once you complete all of the requirements of the program. This will result in your criminal record being expunged and destroyed if the court so orders. Click on the following link Delaware County ARD program to read my prior blog for more information on the benefits of the ARD program.

Moving forward, this blog will take you through the ARD process in Delaware County, PA from start to finish.
1. Post-Arrest: Preliminary Hearing Paperwork will be Mailed to you by the District Court – after you are arrested and charged with a first offense DUI in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, paperwork will be sent to your house from the District Court that retains jurisdiction over you. After you are arrested, the Magisterial District Court will send you two letters: one certified and one by regular first class mail. Both of the letters are duplicates and contain the same information. Enclosed in your letters will be three items. The first is called a “Police Criminal Complaint.” This document contains the caption of the case, identifies you as the defendant and designates which crimes you are being charged with along with other information. The second item is called the “Affidavit of Probable Cause.” The Affidavit of Probable Cause is a brief recitation of the facts which occurred in your case as written by the police officer. The third item in your letters will be a scheduling notice. The scheduling notice will let you know the time and place of your preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing will be heard before a Magisterial District Judge. The court may also mail you a fingerprint order, ordering you to report to the police department where you were arrested to be fingerprinted, if you were not fingerprinted on the night of the offense.

Please be patient. If you have been arrested for a DUI, these items may take a few weeks to get out to you. I have even seen it take months for clients to get their paperwork. However, if you have been arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, rest assured, you will receive these items in the mail. After you have been arrested I recommend that you hire an attorney at your earliest convenience to avoid any complications with the case. Jason R. Antoine, Esquire, Pennsylvania ARD DUI lawyer can be reached for free DUI advice at (610) 299-0295. Read More

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