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Manderachs' Killer Seeks New Trial

Caleb Fairley is appealing his 1996 conviction in the killing of a Limerick woman and her daughter.

Lisa and Devon Manderach are memorialized here in Limerick Township, at the playground that bears their name.

Saturday, during Limerick Community Day, several new pieces of playground equipment were opened to the public. Groups of children swung and twirled and climbed all over the playground while parents watched. 

Manderach Memorial Playground, opened in 1998, commemorates the lives of the mother and daughter who were murdered in Collegeville 17 years ago.

Earlier this week, however, the Manderachs' convicted killer lobbied for a new trial.

Caleb Fairley, then 21, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 1995 killings, which were committed inside a Collegeville store owned by Fairley's parents. 

According to an article in the Pottstown Mercury, Fairley is asking the court to vacate his two life sentences following a Supreme Court decision that called mandatory life sentences for juvenile homicide offenders unconstitutional.

The June 2012 decision says that sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole violates the Eighth Amendment's provision disallowing cruel and unusual punishment. Juvenile offenders, the Court says in its decision, have "lesser culpability" for criminal behavior.

Fairley argues that, despite the fact that he was 21 at the time of the killings, he should be afforded the same considerations as an offender under the age of 18 because 21-year-olds are still developing adult characteristics.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, Jr., who served as First Assistant District Attorney at the time of the trial, declined to comment on Fairley's efforts but clearly didn't think much of Fairley's chances. 

"I no longer speak for the District Attorney's Office. But I will come to court and laugh when he makes the argument," Castor said in an e-mail.

. September 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
People need to knock it off making this a political issue. There is no way this sick SOB is getting out of jail. Ever. Comparing this to the Mumia Abu Jamal case is moronic. This guy will get his time in court and be sent right back to the state Pen for the rest of his life.
Teresa September 28, 2012 at 02:52 AM
OH! So he wasn't "crazy" after all! Nice try mom. Knew it all along. Caleb's mother should be in jail as well for allowing this disgusting FAT SLOB to watch the store when SHE KNEW HE WAS DANGEROUS!!!!! ROT IN JAIL LOSER!
Robin at ToxiKAB September 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM
If the public knew the incredibly sick & twisted details of these murders, Caleb would pray to be kept in jail where he is somewhat protected! He is a deranged, emotionless, killer. No regard for life & incapable of rehabilitation. His release would soon lead to additional violent rape, mutilation, and murder. The story of that day will haunt me forever!
Robin at ToxiKAB September 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Considering the current state of the Montco. Judicial System, the possibility of this murderer getting a new trial is a scary reality! I won't name any specific judge, but I KNOW of at least 1 who is open to the highest bidder!! God help us all if they find her!
Dago Girl November 12, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Bruce Good- PAHLEEEEZE!!! Regarding your statement, "Several years ago he trusted Christ as Savior, so he'll spend eternity in heaven." is an insult and revolting. Many, along with I, would perceive his willingness to be "Born Again " was merely a ploy to TRY to show the courts he has repented and shows remorse. PLEASE!!! And, for him to argue "Fairley argues that, despite the fact that he was 21 at the time of the killings, he should be afforded the same considerations as an offender under the age of 18 because 21-year-olds are still developing adult characteristics" is TOTAL BS. He's only trying to save his own hide. My observations of many "Born Again Christians" is that they are often lost, confused, misled, emotionally troubled, social misfits who become easy prey for brainwashers, such as yourself. That poor woman and her defenseless infant whom he strangled is who you should think of, and not defend this piece of trash. I don't blame Castor AT ALL for saying he'd "Come to court and laugh" if Fairley makes that argument.

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