Defense cites possible brain injuries in Pa. death

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says brain injuries may have been a factor in the actions of a western Pennsylvania man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend 2½ years ago.

Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Clemons is charged in Washington County in the death of 21-year-old Karissa Kunco, whose body was found in a wooded area of Mount Pleasant Township in January 2012.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/UQ6brw ) reports that deputy public defender Brian Gorman says the defense has evidence of possible brain injuries or "post-concussion syndrome" that could have left his client with diminished mental capacity.

He said in Thursday's request for a neurological examination of his client that Clemons was injured in a decade of playing football and in vehicle accidents and other incidents off the field.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com