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Watch live: Northampton County D.A. standoff news conference

John Morganelli addresses Bethlehem Twp. standoff

EASTON, Pa. - Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the last week's standoff in Bethlehem Township that left two dead. You can watch the news conference live on wfmz.com.

Morganelli will be joined by Pennsylvania State Police, the Bethlehem Township and Bethlehem police departments and Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.

Authorities responded to a home at 1543 Dennis St. in Bethlehem Township about 1:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a woman bleeding outside. When officers arrived, 36-year-old Erik Kephart reportedly opened fire on police, preventing them from helping her.

After a roughly nine-hour standoff, police entered the home to find Kephart dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot.

The victim, whose body was in the yard during the entire standoff, was Kephart's mother. Police last week did not identify her, but said Kephart called another family member and told them he shot her.

Investigators said that family member was Kephart's father, who killed himself days after the standoff, according to authorities.

Police secured a warrant to enter the Dennis Street home, which is owned by who authorities believe is Kephart's grandmother. Kephart called Dale Clark Kephart about 3:30 p.m. during the standoff to say he "killed mom," according to court records.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office reported Monday that 68-year-old Dale C. Kephart killed himself. He was pronounced dead in his Allentown home shortly before 4 p.m.

Tune into 69News at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. for more on today's news conference.


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