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2 men facing murder retrial in death of elderly man after break-in won't face death penalty


BEAVER, Pennsylvania — Two western Pennsylvania stepbrothers accused of having killed an 81-year-old man three years ago will not be facing the death penalty in their retrial.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/1MwtIGJ ) reports that a Beaver County judge has withdrawn the prosecution's intention to seek the death penalty against 27-year-old Joseph Arlott and 25-year-old Beau Chermer of McKees Rocks.

Authorities allege that the two broke into the Hopewell Township home of Daniel Santia in April 2012 and robbed and beat him. Santia died several weeks later, and prosecutors say his death stemmed from injuries during the break-in.

The defendants are scheduled to stand trial in August. A mistrial was declared in their first trial last year after a detective testified about hospital photos of the victim that were actually taken by another detective.

Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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