Manheim Township man found guilty in wife’s stabbing death

Joseph Carrington (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Manheim Township man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his wife last year.

Carrington Joseph, 29, was convicted Thursday following a bench trial before Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker.

Joseph will serve a mandatory life sentence when he’s formally sentenced. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the non-jury trial.

Authorities say Joseph in May 2014 repeatedly stabbed 27-year-old Melissa Joseph on their front porch, during an argument over money, while their infant twins were inside their home.

Testimony during the opening day of the trial on Monday was stalled for a few hours after the victim’s brother, Kenyon Cowan, jumped over the gallery rail and attacked Joseph.

Court deputies used stun guns to break up the fight, and Cowan was sentenced to 3-6 months in prison for contempt of court.

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