SHAMOKIN — A preliminary hearing scheduled today for 41-year-old Jose M. Colon on attempted murder and terroristic threats charges has been continued.
The legal proceeding is tentatively scheduled to be held next month at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.
Colon reportedly has not yet secured an attorney, but will most likely be represented by a county public defender. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz will prosecute the two cases that may be consolidated.
Colon, who remains a suspect in the Feb. 26 murder of his 23-year-old niece, Kasandra Ortiz, of 409 N. Rock St., Shamokin, is charged by Trooper Chad Shultz of state police at Selinsgrove with 11 counts each of attempted murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, and one count of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.
Colon also is charged with terroristic threats, false imprisonment and possessing an instrument of crime filed by Shamokin Patrolman Shane Mowery, who said Colon allegedly held his roommate, Colin Fraley, at gunpoint for two hours before Fraley was able to escape unharmed.
Both sets of charges relate to a six-hour standoff with police between 11 p.m. Feb. 26 and 5:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at Colon’s apartment at 131 W. Sunbury St.
The standoff culminated with Colon being shot in the chest by police after exchanging gunfire with officers. Colon reportedly suffered serious injuries and had been in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville before being discharged Wednesday.
At his arraignment Wednesday afternoon before Gembic, Colon was committed to the Northumberland County Prison division at SCI-Coal Township in lieu of $1 million cash bail on the attempted murder charges and $100,000 cash bail on the offenses filed by Mowery.