Defense: Pa. woman’s 1999 death was accidental

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney says a central Pennsylvania man charged with homicide in the 1999 death of his daughter-in-law says the woman’s death was accidental.

Prosecutors say 65-year-old Kenneth Leighty of Altoona led authorities in Huntingdon County to the remains of 23-year-old Sherry Leighty on his property last weekend.

But attorney Thomas Hooper told The (Altoona) Mirror (http://bit.ly/16FOf6X ) that he believes the case will be resolved with a charge lower than first-degree murder.

Leighty has been jailed since Altoona police tried to question him last month about the woman’s disappearance, but police said he instead fought with officers and was arrested.

His request for lower bail on aggravated assault and related charges was put on hold Friday due to the homicide charge.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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