Judge asked to toss Pa. murder defendant’s remarks

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys for a western Pennsylvania man charged with strangling his wife and dumping her body in a wooded area are seeking to have his statements to police barred during his trial, saying he asked for an attorney.

Forty-two-year-old David Stahl is charged in Westmoreland County with criminal homicide in the February 2012 death of Derry Area schoolteacher Rebecca Stahl. Police said he waived his right to an attorney and told them he argued with his wife at their home before the slaying.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/XjHUZl ) says Trooper Robert Burford testified that “He was willing to talk. He just wanted an attorney.”

The public defender’s office said the request was logged two days before Stahl talked to police.

The judge will rule after receiving briefs from both sides.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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