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Man says he 'blacked out' before committing crime

Kenneth Cernobyl, 49,  said he "went off the deep end" when he described to police how he killed his wife, Holly Cernobyl, 48, in their North Catasauqua home in December.

Prosecutors read out loud parts of Kenneth Cernobyl's confession to Pennsylvania State Police during a primary hearing Tuesday morning.

Cernobyl told investigators he didn't know why he killed his wife.

He said on the morning of her death they were getting ready to go to the bank and he was "goofing around with the [baseball] bat" and hit Holly in the back of the head.

Cernobyl said when he came to, he realized he was choking Holly with a shirt.

According to testimony, after killing Holly, Kenneth Cernobyl moved her body into their bedroom where he kept it for two days.

Investigators testified Kenneth Cernobyl said he told their daughter her mother had the flu.

Cernobyl said later he began to worry he was going to get caught and moved Holly's body to the basement where it was found by police.

State police said they found what appeared to be blood stains around the house but Cernobyl told them he had tried to clean up as much as possible.

The prosecution said Kenneth Cernobyl told police he and his wife met when he was 16 and had had problems in years past but were in a good place before he killed her.

A judge ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to trial and Cernobyl is scheduled to be arraigned in April.


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