New Castle News

May 9, 2013

Woman charged in officer's death waives extradition

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle woman charged in the death of a Shenango Township police officer will return to Lawrence County next week.

The attorney for Kylee Barletto, 25 of 693 Hoover Road, waived her extradition hearing yesterday in Youngstown.

According to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, Barletto, who is accused of homicide by vehicle and 14 other counts in the May 2 death of Officer William J. McCarthy IV, will be transferred back to Lawrence County on Monday.

Barletto is accused of driving the vehicle that struck the police cruiser McCarthy was riding in along Cascade Street in New Castle that night. She was injured in the crash, as was the driver of the cruiser, officer Michael Lynch.

Following the crash, Barletto was transferred to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Because she was across state lines, Lamancusa had to make an extradition request to have Barletto returned to Lawrence County.

Once she is brought back to the county, Lamancusa said, she will be arraigned by District Judge Jerry Cartwright in Ellwood City, where state police filed the criminal complaint against her. At that point, bond in the case will be determined.

Barletto is being represented in the case by Pittsburgh Attorney James Ecker.