Pa. defendant testifies in triple-murder trial

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man charged with murdering his mother, sister and elderly aunt at his automobile glass shop four years ago has taken the stand to deny that he had any role in the slayings.

Prosecutors in Westmoreland County who are seeking the death penalty allege that 52-year-old Kevin Murphy shot his 69-year-old mother Doris, his 43-year-old sister Kris, and 81-year-old aunt Edith Tietge (TEET’-gee) in April 2009 because they didn’t approve of his romance with a married woman.

Murphy testified Wednesday that he loved his family and was feeding cattle at his uncle’s farm at the time of the slayings.

He said he became physically ill after seeing the victims and couldn’t help try to revive the victims or call 911.

Murphy faces cross-examination by prosecutors on Thursday.

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