After an arduous week, a jury of eight men and four women - plus four alternates - has finally been selected to hear the triple murder case of Kevin Murphy, the Conemaugh Township man accused of killing his mother, sister, and aunt four years ago.
After opening statements on Monday, the first order of business for the panel will be a bus trip to the Ferguson Glass shop in Loyalhanna Township, where the women were murdered, and an adjacent farm. Murphy told Judge Al Bell yesterday that he does not want to go to the crime scene, and the judge told him that’s his choice, but he will give him until Monday to change his mind. Defense attorney Bob Bell, the former Indiana County District Attorney, said after yesterday’s court proceedings that Murphy will get to see the family business after he is acquitted.
Westmoreland County D.A. John Peck will ask the jury to convict Murphy of three counts of first degree murder, and to sentence him to death by lethal injection.