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Man suspected in killings of elderly woman, daughter returns to Pa.

Man accused of killing 2 women returned to Pa.

SARASOTA, Fla. (Originally posted at 3:03 PM) - A man accused of killing an elderly woman and her daughter has been returned to Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Brandin Kasick waived his right to fight extradition after being picked up Sunday night in Sarasota, Florida, where officials said he was living as a homeless man.

Kasick, 26, is facing two counts of homicide in the killings of Althea and Jeanette Walbert. The bodies of the mother and daughter were found inside their home in Alburtis, Lehigh County, near the border with Berks County, on March 11, 2011.

Althea, 82, and Jeanette, 59, were last seen alive on March 8, officials said.

Kasick knew the Walberts because he had done carpet cleaning work for them at their home on Cobblestone Court in past, officials said.

"The Lehigh Valley has had its share of unspeakable crimes, but this is certainly one of the worst that I've seen in my almost 14 years as district attorney," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin during a news conference announcing the arrest on Monday. He said he will seek the death penalty for Kasick.

According to court documents, investigators first questioned Kasick soon after the homicides, but he said he did not know the women. Eventually, officials said DNA testing confirmed that blood found on one of Kasick's sneakers belonged to Jeanette Walbert.

Officials said the motive for the killings appears to be robbery since Althea Walbert's purse was missing from the home. They said she was known to carry large sums of money, and Kasick spent a lot of cash in March.

The homicides were the first in the town's recorded history.

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