Harrington man admits to false testimony during Leipsic murder trial

 

DOVER — A Harrington man pleaded guilty last month to providing false testimony during a 2014 trial regarding the murder of a Leipsic man a year earlier.

Phillip M. Wright

Phillip M. Wright

On Thursday, the Delaware Department of Justice said no sentencing date is set for Phillip M. Wright, who was convicted of first-degree perjury and second-degree conspiracy in Kent County Superior Court on July 30. He was 26 at the time of his arrest on April 1.

Awaiting trial is Gerard T. “Gerry” Schweiger, of Dover, who was indicted on two counts of first-degree perjury and a second-degree conspiracy count on June 1. He is scheduled for a final case review on Sept. 16, followed by a Sept. 21 trial date at the Kent County Courthouse.

 

Gerald Schweiger

Gerald Schweiger

The indictment stemmed from Delaware State Police investigation into an August 2014 trial in which Mr. Schweiger was found not guilty of murder, but convicted of abusing a corpse, breach of release, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution and second-degree conspiracy.

Police said Tony Mozick Sr., 45, was murdered at his unit block residence on West Street on Jan. 5, 2013, at about 11 p.m.

Authorities alleged that Mr. Schweiger admitted to murder and bribing Wright to testify during a telephone conversation between him and an unidentified person in September 2014.

Mr. Schweiger was 26 when he was arrested on March 31 after the perjury investigation.

When announcing the arrest, police claimed that Wright had testified falsely about a bus-stop encounter in Dover and was promised food from the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center commissary in exchange for his testimony.

According to police, Wright testified that he had never met Mr. Schweiger before the bus-stop meeting, which allegedly was false. Police said Mr. Schweiger was attempting to establish an alibi through the testimony.

Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson prosecuted the Wright case for the state, and was the attorney of record when Mr. Schweiger was indicted. Defense attorney Brian Chapman represented Wright.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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