Already destined to stand trial for the December 31st murder of Tunnelton gun shop owner Frank Petro and for a separate case involving a teenage boy he detained last fall, 43-year-old Jack Edmundson Jr. was ordered yesterday to trial in two other cases, including one tied to the Petro case.
In the Petro case, felony charges of knowingly gaining from the proceeds of illegal acts, theft, and receiving stolen property, along with misdemeanor manufacturing unlawful lottery tickets and impersonating a public servant were held for court by District Judge Jennifer Rega. In a separate hearing, Rega also ordered Edmundson to stand trial for the burglary of a Saltsburg home in December 2012, when he allegedly stole more than $17,700 worth of collectible coins and stamps, plus jewelry.
William Petro testified yesterday that Edmundson approached him in October, claiming to be an undercover officer investigating his brother, and that if William could get Frank to quit selling illegal lottery tickets, he’d make the case go away. State trooper Jason Morgan told Judge Rega that Edmundson shook down Frank Petro for about $146,000, based on the winnings of three lottery tickets that Petro gave to Edmundson. One of those tickets, worth $84,000, was won by Daniel Evanick of Shelocta, who testified that Frank Petro told him he had the money but had to give it to a “detective” in order to avoid being arrested. Trooper Morgan also detailed dramatic increases in deposits into Edmundson’s financial accounts, his spending, and a number of trips to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
Judge Rega left intact Edmundson’s $100,000 bond for each of the two cases yesterday. Edmundson continues to be held without bond in the Petro murder case.