A letter sent to a newspaper says a co-defendant is backing out of testifying against a man charged in the murder of two people found buried in northeastern Pennsylvania a decade ago.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reported Thursday that it had received a letter purportedly from 44-year-old Paul Weakley, who is imprisoned in Arizona after pleading guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy count.
The letter called reports that Weakley would testify at the Luzerne County trial of 40-year-old Hugo Selenski untrue and said "I am not testifying."
It arrived the same day as sentencing was postponed for a man accused of having plotted to kill Weakley.
Prosecutors and Weakley's attorney declined comment, citing a gag order in Selenski's case.
Selenski's trial is scheduled to begin in March.
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