Accused killer out on bond

YORKVILLE – Just hours after a local man’s body was returned to his family by representatives of the U.S. Navy, and escorted home to Yorkville by a motorcade which ultimately included more than 100 vehicles – most affiliated with local and regional first responder services – his accused killer was released on a security bond of $25,000 from the Norfolk City Jail.

Making the tragedy even more frustrating for Klubert’s family and friends is the fact that a fellow sailor and one time friend stands accused of second degree murder and a firearms violation in connection with the fatal shooting a week ago in a residential section of Norfolk, Va. where the man lived.

Austin T. Greening, 22 of Wisconsin, is the man Norfolk Police arrested shortly after receiving the initial report a man had been shot at the apartment complex where he is said to reside.

News of Greening’s release on bond came as unexpected news to Klubert’s close knit family, though they had been advised early Friday by a victim’s advocacy representative in Norfolk an appearance for Greening had been moved up on the docket in Norfolk’s General District Court, and would not be waiting until Monday to be held as was initially expected.

Klubert’s family had not expected Greening to come back before the court until at least Monday, and had not expected bond to be set as a representative from the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office had expected the court to recognize a pattern that involves a presumption against bond in such cases.

The attorney for the Commonwealth protested the court’s action during Greening’s appearance Friday.

Few official details have yet made their way to any media source.

Klubert was born Oct. 2, 1988 in Wheeling, WV, the son of Kevin and Valerie (Domenick) Klubert. He was a graduate of Buckeye Local high School. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and served in the US Navy. He had been deployed to the Red Sea and Persian Gulf on the USS Carter Hall. He was a Petty Officer 3rd Class and a Gunners Mate 3. He was also a Yorkville police officer and volunteer firefighter.

Friends will be received to pay tribute to Kristopher and to celebrate his life today, Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Borkoski Funeral Home, Tiltonsville, Ohio.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Tiltonsville, Ohio with Father Dan Heusel as celebrant. Interment at the Holly Memorial Gardens.

Wake services will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the funeral home with Msgr. Gene Mullett officiating. Full military services will be conducted by the US Navy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yorkville Volunteer Fire Dept. 139 Market Street, Yorkville, OH 43971.

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