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Trial to open in 2012 beating death of mother, son

April 9, 2018

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a western Pennsylvania man accused in the beating deaths of a mother and son 5½ years ago.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that a Westmoreland County jury was picked Monday for the trial of 44-year-old Robert Briestensky.

Prosecutors allege that he beat 46-year-old Bonnie Lee Broadwater and 24-year-old Lance Holt to death with a baseball bat in their home in October 2012 in a dispute over drugs.

Defense attorneys have argued that DNA evidence found at the scene might point to another suspect, and the judge last week ordered them to turn over a report on the subject to prosecutors by the end of Monday.


Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.com

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