Man Allegedly Beats Woman, Son to Death

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014  |  Updated 10:01 AM EDT
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A western Pennsylvania judge will allow prosecutors to use statements allegedly made by a man arrested in the beating deaths of a woman and her adult son.

Forty-year-old Robert Briestensky of Brackenridge is charged in Westmoreland County with first-degree murder and other counts in the deaths of 46-year-old Bonnie Lee Broadwater and 24-year-old Lance Holt. 

 The bodies were discovered in October 2012, about five days after police said the victims were beaten to death, possibly with a baseball bat.
 
Defense attorney Greg Cecchetti said Briestensky's statements should be barred from evidence because his client was a suspect when he was questioned.
 
Prosecutors said the statements were legally obtained because Briestensky wasn't in police custody.
 
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that a judge sided with prosecutors Tuesday.
 

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