Couple withdraw 3rd-degree murder pleas in elderly stroke victim's death, slated for trial


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STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania — A man and woman from northeastern Pennsylvania have withdrawn their guilty pleas in the death of an elderly stroke victim in their care.

Forty-five-year-old John Tedesco and 38-year-old Tina Tedesco had pleaded guilty to third-degree charges in Monroe County in January in the August 2011 death of 70-year-old Barbara Rabins.

John Tedesco withdrew the plea earlier this month while Tina Tedesco withdrew her plea on Monday. Jury selection for their trial is now scheduled in August.

Police allege that Rabins was left in her own urine and feces and lost more than 100 pounds in a year while the Tedescos looked after her.

Investigators allege that John Tedesco said the victim wasn't placed in an assisted living facility because they would no longer have received money from her trust fund.

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