Tied-to-Tree Killing Trial Begins

Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:26 AM EDT
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Tied-to-Tree Killing Trial Begins

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Trial is scheduled to begin for a Pennsylvania man charged in the killing of a man found dead after authorities say he was left tied to a tree.

Keith A. Reber is charged with homicide, kidnapping, assault and other counts in the May 2012 death of 26-year-old Bryan R. Smith. The trial is slated to begin Monday.

Authorities say Reber, 49, and Daniel W. Dull, 26, took Smith to a secluded wooded area and bound him to a tree. Police allege Reber returned around 11 p.m. and found Smith dead, with his face in the dirt.

The Republican-Herald reports investigators say Reber was punishing Smith for allegedly stealing from his girlfriend.

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Prosecutors say Dull, who's also charged with homicide, will be a prosecution witness against Reber. They say his case will be concluded after Reber's trial.

 


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