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Preliminary hearing held for North Catasauqua man accused of killing wife

EASTON, Pa. - A Northampton County man who police say admitted to beating and strangling his wife to death was in court Tuesday.

Kenneth Cernobyl, 49, is accused of hitting his wife, Holly, in the head with a baseball bat, then strangling her inside their home on Fifth Street in North Catasauqua on December 6th.

Police say he left his wife's body in the home for two days before police were called on December 8th.

During Cernobyl's preliminary hearing Tuesday, a state trooper testified that Cernobyl told him he wanted to confess what happened after he was arrested.

Transcripts of Cernobyl's confession were read out loud in court. He told police he doesn't know what happened and that he just snapped.

Cernobyl told police he and his wife met when he was 16, and although they had problems years ago, he says things were going well when he just snapped. He told police he was trying to piece together how he could have snapped.

Cernobyl is charged with one count of criminal homicide. He's due back in court in April.

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