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Family of victim in court as husband is arraigned on second-degree murder charge

Family members and friends of Ashley Whiting remembered the young mother Thursday morning by sitting together in the courtroom while her husband was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder.

Daniel Whiting, 27, was brought into Erie County court in a wheelchair, still recovering from stab wounds that police believe were self-inflicted after he attacked his wife. Ashley, who was 21, was stabbed numerous times in the couple’s home on Madison Avenue in Lackawanna in the early morning hours of July 1.

Daniel Whiting, who made the initial 911 call for help, underwent surgery and treatment earlier this month at Erie County Medical Center and has been in custody since his arrest immediately after his discharge on July 11.

Prosecutors asked Thursday that Whiting continue to be held without bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and the fact that Whiting has family in Texas. His attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio, conceded that his client would be unable to post bail at this time anyway, but asked that his medical treatment continue in jail.

Capt. Joseph Leo of the Lackawanna Detective Bureau also was among the spectators in court for the arraignment.

Investigators earlier issued a statement saying that fingerprint and DNA testing evidence found at the crime scene, as well as interviews performed during the investigation, indicated that this was a domestic violence homicide.

Judge Kenneth E. Case set a tentative hearing date for Nov. 10 and, should the case go to trial, Jan. 11 for the start of jury selection.