Accused Officer Shooter to Face Trial in Death of Woman Found in Recycling Bin in Lehigh County

A man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a woman whose body was found stuffed into a recycling bin last month.

Sixty-two-year-old Walter Bratvold is charged in Lehigh County with homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death of 59-year-old Rose Sieniawski, whose decomposing body was found Feb. 14 in a recycling bin at an Allentown apartment complex. Authorities said she died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Bratvold was charged earlier with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in a Feb. 16 exchange of gunfire with Allentown officers. A detective and Bratvold were wounded.

Bratvold was silent during Tuesday's hearing until a prosecutor said Bratvold intended to kill police when he pointed a gun at them. Bratvold then sobbed "No" before his attorney handed him paper tissue.

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