Man convicted of 1st-degree murder in deaths of father, son

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A second defendant has been convicted in the killings of an elderly man and his son last year in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jurors in Luzerne County deliberated for less than three hours Friday before convicting 33-year-old James Roche of first-degree murder in the April 2014 deaths of 73-year-old Ronald Evans and 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans in Hunlock Township.

Forty-year-old Holly Ann Crawford was convicted earlier of the same charge.

Authorities alleged that Roche sought a confrontation after seeing a movie with a character that reminded him of the older man, with whom Crawford had had a relationship.

Roche unsuccessfully argued self-defense. His attorney said an appeal is likely.

Crawford gained notoriety in 2008 when she pierced kittens’ ears and necks and marketed them as “gothic.” She was convicted of animal cruelty.

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