Trial ordered in Pa. father-in-law’s murder

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — A man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of his father-in-law, whose body was found inside an overheated car along a western Pennsylvania highway almost two months ago.

A Washington County district judge ordered 40-year-old Michael Martin of Charleroi to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and homicide in the Aug. 7 death of 67-year-old Earl Weygandt. His body was found in his overheated sport utility vehicle along Route 31 in Donegal Township.

Authorities say they believe Martin lured the victim to the scene by staying he needed a ride, then got into the SUV and stabbed him nine times, leaving his body in the driver’s seat.

Martin told reporters he acted in self-defense. Police said he told investigators that Weygandt pulled a gun.

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