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'He hit me,' grandmother testifies

| Thursday, May 2, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

Her grandson punched her in the mouth in March, damaging two capped teeth, a grandmother reluctantly testified on Thursday.

“He hit me,” Nancy Kelly said during a preliminary hearing for Jacob Francis Colombin, 27.

Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Calisti then asked Kelly about the damage to the capped teeth.

“They were knocked out,” Kelly replied.

Greensburg District Judge James Albert held Colombin for trial on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

Colombin struck his grandmother about 2:30 p.m. on March 24 at a North Lincoln Avenue home, Greensburg police said.

Early in her testimony, Kelly said several times that she didn't want to testify.

Calisti and defense attorney Anthony Bompiani debated whether the court could insist she testify.

“She doesn't want to testify,” Bompiani said at one point. “I don't want her to be confused into answering questions.”

“Do you want to testify in this case?” Albert asked.

“No,” Kelly replied.

“Because it's your grandson?” Albert asked.

“Yes. And I just don't want to press charges,” Kelly said.

Calisti insisted the witness should testify, and as the prosecutor continued to question Kelly, the grandmother eventually said her grandson punched her.

She went to the hospital for stitches and is undergoing further medical care, Kelly said.

Kelly was bleeding from her mouth when Greensburg Patrolman Donald Cole arrived, he testified.

“Her two teeth were on the kitchen table,” Cole said, adding that Kelly related, “Jacob punched her in the mouth, her grandson.”

Colombin had left the house before police arrived, Cole said. He was apprehended later.

Albert increased Colombin's bail from $30,000 to $50,000 straight.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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