Arnold mother, son apparently beaten to death
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 10:02 a.m.
Detectives are trying to learn why an Arnold mother and son were beaten to death.
Bonnie Lee Broadwater, 46, and Lance Holt, 22, died from blunt force, Westmoreland County District Attorney John W. Peck said Tuesday.
Their bodies were found Thursday night in a house at 1535 Third Ave., where they had lived since spring. Broadwater and Holt were dead several days before their bodies were discovered on the home's first floor, just feet from the front door.
On Tuesday, Peck said county detectives and Arnold police are looking for people who were in the house in the days before the two were killed and those who otherwise had contact with Broadwater or Holt.
“Detectives are making good progress identifying friends and associates and acquaintances in order to determine who may have a motive to kill,” Peck said.
“We had a productive weekend. But even though we're making progress, we're still looking for anyone with information,” explained Arnold police Chief Willie Weber.
“However trivial it may seem to you, if you saw them with someone, or know something, call us. It might turn out to be very important to us,” Weber said.
Police haven't provided any theories about why the pair were killed.
“Robbery hasn't been ruled out. Nothing has been ruled out,” Peck said.
County Coroner Ken Bacha said Broadwater's relatives have been notified, and the county will allow the bodies to be released to a funeral home when the relatives contact them with arrangements.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Maatta not a top rookie finalist
- Indictment alleges scheme defrauded government of $10 million
- ‘Save Chatham’ protesters ordered to leave Shadyside campus
- Former Steelers doctor claims agent held gun on him during pat down
- Penguins insider: Malkin found confidence in Game 3
- Pa. men to plead guilty to smuggling equipment to Middle East
- Steeler testifies he didn’t know he was stabbed at first
- State College restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno
- Highmark’s insurance profit falls 40%
- Switch in pairings helps Penguins defensemen find groove in Game 3
- Husband to stand trial in Derry middle school teacher’s murder