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Lackawanna man charged in wife’s killing

After analysis of DNA and fingerprint evidence found at the crime scene, Lackawanna police concluded that Daniel Whiting of Lackawanna killed his wife in what was originally reported as a double stabbing.

Whiting was arrested in his room at Erie County Medical Center on Saturday morning, just after being discharged from the hospital. Daniel Whiting, 27, was charged with second-degree murder in the July 1 death of his wife, Ashley Whiting, 21.

Capt. Joseph Leo of the Lackawanna Detective Bureau said there had been an officer stationed at ECMC to await Whiting’s release, and Leo and other detectives went to the medical center to make the arrest.

Daniel Whiting also suffered stab wounds in the incident and underwent surgery in ECMC. For a time, he was listed in critical condition.

Leo said he didn’t want to disclose many details of the homicide until they come out in court. Police said originally that Ashley was stabbed “numerous” times and Daniel “several” times.

Daniel Whiting was arraigned on the murder charge by Lackawanna City Judge Frederick Marrano, who ordered Whiting sent to the Erie County Holding Center without bail to await further court proceedings.

The Police Department said in a statement that the fingerprint and DNA testing on pieces of evidence found at the scene, as well as statements police took during the investigation, led detectives to conclude that the killing was a husband-on-wife domestic violence homicide.

Police headed for the Whiting home at 135 Madison Ave. at 1:42 a.m. July 1 in response to a call for first aid, and found Ashley and Daniel had been stabbed.

The couple’s children, Chase, 3, and Mayci, 2 months, were home at the time but were unhurt.

“She really focused on her kids,” said Lex Hajiaskari, a classmate of the former Ashley Caligiuri at Immaculata Academy, from which they graduated in 2012.

“When she was in high school, that’s all she wanted to be, was a mom,” Hajiaskari said. “All she wanted to be was a mother and take care of her kids. How sad it is that her life was cut so short.”

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