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Man charged in killings of elderly woman, daughter heads to trial

Man charged in killings of woman, daughter heads to trial

A man charged with murder in the killings an elderly woman and her mentally challenged daughter has been ordered by a judge to stand trial.

Brandin Kasick waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. Kasick, 26, had little to say as he was led into the courtroom, but he did give reporters a rude gesture.

Kasick is accused of killing Althea Walbert, 82, and her daughter, Jeanette, 59, inside their home in Alburtis, Lehigh Co., in March. Both women suffered sharp force trauma to the necks, said Lehigh Co. District Attorney Jim Martin.

Kasick was identified as a suspect early on in the investigation, police said, but it wasn't until DNA tests linking him to the Walbert home were complete that police could charge him. Kasick was arrested in Port Charlotte, Fla., in September.

Kasick is charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count each of robbery, burglary and theft by unlawful taking or disposition. He is scheduled to be back in court for his formal arraignment on Dec. 19.

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