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Judge allows prosecutors to use statements in trial in 2012 western Pa. murders of woman, son


ARNOLD, Pennsylvania — 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.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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