January 8, 2012
Jury selection in the trial of a Lansford man charged with homicide is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday in Carbon County court, according to a court official.
Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, is charged with killing his estranged wife, Edwina Atieno Onyango. Her body was never located but investigators found a “large quantity of blood” in Freeby’s basement and DNA testing showed a biological match to Onyango’s personal items, court papers say.
Freeby was charged with murder in 2009, about a year and a half after Onyango went missing. He has been lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility without bail since his arrest. State police at Lehighton filed the charges after taking the case from Lansford police.
Onyango, 34, moved to the United States in 1998 from her native Kenya and married Freeby in 2001.
Her brother reported her missing in December 2007, and investigators say she has not used her bank account, email or credit card since then.