Commonwealth Journal


June 28, 2014

Widow: Stanziano offered to help man accused of his murder

Somerset —

More details about the relationship between slain local attorney Mark Stanziano and the man who allegedly killed him are coming to light.
Clinton D. Inabnit, 40, was arrested at around 8 a.m. Friday, almost immediately after firing several shots into Stanziano, 57, in front of Stanziano’s office at 207 West Mt. Vernon Street. 
Stanziano’s wife, Bethany Stanziano, who worked as a partner with Mark Stanziano in defense and trial law, released a statement late Friday night about the interactions Mark Stanziano had with Inabnitt leading up to Friday’s incident.
“My husband talked with (Inabnit) on numerous occasions,” Bethany Stanziano stated. “He never avoided talking with him. On many occasions he offered him help, even buying him lunch. I know he spoke with (Inabnitt) about his emotional problems and offered to help find him medical treatment.”
Bethany said she was with Mark Stanziano several times when he was approached by Inabnitt outside the law office.
According to the arrest citation, Inabnit killed Mark Stanziano because the well-known attorney could not help Inabnitt with a problem and because Mark Stanziano “laughed at him.”
Somerset Police Captain Shannon Smith said arrest citation only reveal one side of the incident. 
“The information (Det. Chris Gates) put on the citation were summarized for the purpose of establishing probably cause for the murder charge, based on what Inabnitt told him,” said Smith. “ ... whether it was perceived he was being laughed at or whether it even happened at all ... the fact remains that’s what Inabnitt told (Gates) in the interview.”
Smith said detectives have learned that Mark Stanziano “had gone out of his way to try to help Inabnitt in the recent past.”
But Inabnitt, according to Smith, did not “take advantage” of the offered assistance. 
Smith emphasized that, during an interaction on Thursday afternoon, Inabnit approached Mark Stanziano on the sidewalk in front of his law office as he had numerous times (Inabnitt lives almost directly across the street at 204 West Mt. Vernon Street) and said something threatening to Mark Stanziano. 

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