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Trial begins for South Fayette man accused of killing wife over Pens' game

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By Bobby Kerlik
Monday, June 25, 2012, 6:32 p.m.

An Allegheny County jury began hearing testimony today in the homicide trial of a South Fayette man accused of killing his wife after an argument over a Pittsburgh Penguins game.

Prosecutors accused Robert Abrams, 42, of beating his wife, Jeanette Abrams, 44, in the head with a hammer and stabbing her after the two argued over the late hour of the Penguins' triple-overtime playoff loss April 22, 2010.

Police said Abrams told them he then took a candle, lit a stuffed dog toy and threw it in the living room corner of the house, where it caught the house on fire. He then jumped out a window and went to a neighbor's home and told them his house was on fire.

Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday. Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen is presiding over the case.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or

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