Pa. man ordered to trial in father’s hammer murder

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he murdered his father with a hammer before breaking into his safe and stealing money to buy drugs.

Thirty-one-year-old Jonathan Kuzma of Johnstown is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, theft and receiving stolen property in the Aug. 2 death of 52-year-old John Kuzma.

Authorities in Cambria County allege that he hit his father twice with the hammer, stabbed him 15 times and took cash, prescription drugs, and a handgun, then tried to buy heroin in several places while alerting relatives that he had killed his father.

Public defender Michael Filia told The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat ( ) Monday that a toxicology report referred to in the hearing would doubtless “play a major part” in the defense.


Information from: The Tribune-Democrat,

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