Seven jurors chosen in Fawn Twp. double-murder trial

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Seven jurors have been seated for the man accused of murdering two people during a 2016 drug-related Fawn Township home-invasion robbery.

By the end of the second day of jury selection, seven jurors had been chosen, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the district attorney's office.

The selection process started Monday, May 7, for defendant Paul Jackson Henry III.

Defense attorney Farley Holt and District Attorney Dave Sunday, who is prosecuting the case, predicted that jury selection could continue into Wednesday. 

Holt said the judge told the seated jurors to come back Friday morning.

State police said Foday Cheeks, 31, and Danielle Taylor, 26, were fatally shot inside 706 Brown Road in Fawn Township on Sept. 13, 2016.
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If Henry is convicted of first-degree murder, Sunday will ask jurors to impose the death penalty. The trial, including a penalty phase, is expected to take 10 days.

Henry, 41, of East Manchester Township, is accused of fatally shooting heroin dealer Foday Cheeks and 26-year-old Danielle Taylor of Spring Grove inside Cheeks' 706 Brown Road home about 10 p.m. Sept. 13, 2016.

His wife and co-defendant in the double murder, Veronique Henry, committed suicide shortly after being committed to York County Prison, leaving him to stand trial alone.

The allegations: State police said the Henrys knocked on the back door of Cheeks' home and that when Taylor answered the door, one of them fatally shot her in the neck.

Paul Henry then shot Cheeks, who had put up his hands and said, "Oh God," according to preliminary hearing testimony by two people who survived the alleged home invasion.

Cheeks suffered eight gunshot wounds, according to state police.

The survivors testified the Henrys were looking for Cheeks' stash of heroin.

Two adult women and two teenage boys were robbed but not shot during the invasion, police have said.

Foday Cheeks was fatally shot inside his Fawn Township home during a robbery Sept. 13, 2016, police said.
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At the time of his death, the 31-year-old Cheeks was free on $25,000 bail, charged with two felony counts of dealing heroin. The York County Drug Task Force raided his home in May 2016 and seized heroin and packaging materials, charging documents state.

Survivors robbed: Paul Henry made the two women and two teens lie facedown on the floor, at which point Veronique Henry guarded them at gunpoint while Paul Henry searched the home, according to preliminary hearing testimony.

The Henrys stole the cellphones of all four and a purse belonging to one of the women, according to testimony.

The couple told the foursome to stay on the floor for 20 minutes, then fled the home without any heroin, according to testimony.

At 10:43 a.m. Sept. 14, 2016, state police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert to area law enforcement for the Henrys.

Paul Henry III

The alleged pursuit: Seven minutes later, a state trooper spotted the Henrys' Nissan Altima on Route 322 at Fishing Creek Valley Road, according to charging documents. The trooper turned on his lights and siren and tried to pull them over.

The Henrys fled west on Route 322, at which point another trooper drove his cruiser in front of their Nissan, police said.

But Paul Henry hit the gas and rammed the rear of the cruiser, causing it to crash, documents allege.

Troopers were able to stop the Nissan and arrest the Henrys along Route 322 near the Red Rabbit restaurant near Duncannon, in Reed Township, Dauphin County, documents state.

Danielle Taylor, 26, of Spring Grove, was fatally shot inside a Fawn Township home during a home-invasion robbery on Sept. 13, 2016.

Evidence seized: After arresting the Henrys, troopers found items inside the car including a purse taken during the home invasion, Cheeks' wallet, three handguns, one shotgun and multiple cellphones, police have said.

Because the pursuit arose from the York County homicide investigation, troopers were given approval by Sunday to file the chase charges in York County.

Paul Henry is to stand trial in both the double-murder case and the chase charges, according to court records.

Veronique Henry, 32, of Manchester Township, was found unresponsive in her York County Prison cell Sept. 15, 2016, after hanging herself, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled the death a suicide.

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Veronique Henry