Trial to open in double homicide in Washington Twp.
Attorneys will make opening statements Tuesday morning in the double homicide trial of a Unity man accused of robbing and killing a couple in a Washington Township home two years ago.
The 12-member jury and two alternates were selected Monday for the trial of Eric Hall. Hall, 30, for the Aug. 28, 2011, killings of Anthony Henderson and Noelle Richards, both 24.
Police said Henderson and Richards were bludgeoned with a baseball bat and then shot to death. Henderson was serving as a caretaker for the home on Fox Road.
The trial before Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway is expected to last about eight days. Prospective jurors learned Monday that as many as 35 witnesses could be called for the prosecution.
Hall has maintained his innocence. Defense lawyer Mike DeMatt contends Hall was not the killer but came upon the bodies when he went to visit Henderson.
Prosecutors say Hall robbed and killed the couple. Henderson's wallet was found near Hall's former home in Ligonier after the murders, police said. Shortly before his arrest, Hall got married and moved to a Unity apartment.
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