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Trial ordered for 2 in Pa. slayings of father, son

July 11, 2014
Associated Press

SHICKSHINNY, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman have been ordered to stand trial in the shooting deaths of a father and son in the victims' northeastern Pennsylvania home.

Thirty-two-year-old James Roche and 39-year-old Holly Ann Crawford are charged in Luzerne County in the April deaths of 73-year-old Ronald Evans and 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans in Hunlock Township.

State police on Thursday read a letter of apology that authorities said was written by Roche. Investigators have said that he was jealous of Crawford's previous relationship with the elder Evans.

Defense attorney Paul Galante elicited testimony that Roche had been drinking before the murders and before he was interviewed.

Crawford's attorney Jonathan Blum unsuccessfully sought dismissal of the murder charge, saying no one had accused her of firing. The judge did dismiss two harassment counts.



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