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Weatherly man charged in Lehighton homicide

Weatherly man charged in Lehighton...

LEHIGHTON, Pa. - A Weatherly man has been charged in a Carbon County homicide. 

Yessy Rivera, 29, now faces criminal homicide, robbery of a motor vehicle and related charges. 

It happened in the 900 block of Coal Street in Lehighton Tuesday morning, according to investigators. 

Pennsylvania State Police say Rivera cut 44-year-old Brian Linder's throat with a knife in the basement of the home.  According to investigators, Rivera then left the scene and was located in Easton. 

According to court paperwork, Michael Jerden called police and said his brother, Brian Jerden had discovered Linder's body. Michael Jerden said he witnessed Rivera kill Linder and that Rivera was with a woman. The woman was identified as Audra Marie Maynard. Jerden said he did not call police at first because he was scared. He also told police Rivera's car, which was registered to Maynard, was parked in the back of the home and Linder's car was missing. 

Police located the car at Maynard's home in Easton, in the 4300 block of North Delaware Drive. When interviewed by police she said that Rivera struck Linder in the neck with a knife and then left in Linder's car. She said they were headed to Virginia, however they did not have enough money to continue and returned to her home, according to court paperwork.

State police arrested Rivera in Easton. Police say Rivera admitted that he owned a black knife, which was found at the scene with blood on it, however he denied killing Linder. 

Police say Rivera told them that he, Linder, Maynard and Jerden went to Allentown to arrange a drug deal on April 30. Rivera said he assaulted Linder in Allentown and left him there, then drove off in Linder's car. Rivera said he, Maynard and Jerden then returned to Jerden's home. Rivera told police that Linder came back and began yelling at them for leaving him in Allentown. 

According to police, Rivera said he knew Linder had died and did not call 911. He also said he and Maynard left the scene in Linder's car, knowing that he was dead, according to court paperwork.

Rivera was denied bail and is currently in Carbon County Prison. He has a preliminary hearing set for May 10. 

 


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