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Judge OKs retrial for 2 western Pennsylvania men in elderly man's slaying during robbery


BEAVER, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected claims that prosecutors committed misconduct, and says two men must therefore face trial again on charges they killed an elderly man who died weeks after he was tied up and beaten during a robbery.

Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Arlott and 23-year-old Beau Chermer are charged in the death of 82-year-old Daniel Santia following the April 2012 break-in in Hopewell Township. Beaver County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if they are convicted of first-degree murder.

Their first trial ended in a mistrial after a detective testified about hospital photos of the victim that were actually taken by another detective.

The Beaver County Times ( ) reports a county judge determined the mistake wasn't serious enough for him to bar a retrial, in large part because county prosecutors pointed out their own error.

Information from: Beaver County Times,

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