Murphy trial to begin Monday
GREENSBURG — Testimony is scheduled to begin Monday in Westmoreland County Court in the trial of Kevin Murphy, of the Saltsburg area, who faces three counts of murder for the April 2009 shooting deaths of his sister, mother and aunt in their family-owned business in Loyalhanna Township.
District Attorney John Peck and defense attorneys Mark Bolkovac and Robert Bell completed the selection of 12 jurors and four alternates to hear testimony in the case, which Judge Alfred Bell said could last four weeks.
Murphy, 52, is accused of killing his family members at Ferguson Glass Services, an auto windshield repair shop that he co-owned along with his sister, Kris Murphy.
Their mother, Doris Murphy, and her sister Edith Tietge were employed by the company.
Murphy was arrested and jailed April 23, 2010, exactly one year after the women were discovered dead in the glass shop. Peck intends to seek the death penalty if the jury convicts him of first-degree murder.
After attorneys present their opening statements Monday, the jurors will be bused to Loyalhanna Township and will be shown the murder scene, at the request of Murphy’s defense attorneys.
“There are some things the jurors need to see at the scene,” Robert Bell said.
“There are things you can’t see from photographs.”
The case has come to trial three years after Murphy’s arrest after Judge Bell and Judge John Blahovec granted numerous delays at the attorneys’ requests.
Many of the pretrial maneuvers by the defense lawyers have included requests for additional studies of DNA evidence, fingerprints, ballistics reports and data found on computers at the glass shop.