Jefferson Twp. man to stand trial for homicide

  • By Kathie Warco December 4, 2013
Robert J. Bauduin of Jefferson Township is escorted from the Washington County Courthouse Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies after a hearing before Magisterial District Judge Gary Havelka. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

As a 911 dispatcher pressed for more information on the trouble going on inside a Jefferson Township home Saturday night, a shot can be heard on the audio recording of the telephone call as one brother apparently shot and killed another.

Robert Jay Bauduin, 46, of 863 Bethel Ridge Road, was ordered held for court on a charge of homicide by District Judge Gary Havelka following Wednesday’s preliminary hearing for allegedly shooting his older brother, Richard Bauduin Jr., 47, of Colliers, W.Va., in the head after an argument at the home. The shooting happened at the home the younger Bauduin shares with his father, Richard Bauduin Sr.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said Richard Bauduin Jr. died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The tape of the call to the 911 dispatch center was played in the courtroom by Assistant District Attorney Chad Schneider. He said it was extremely rare to have not only the incident but a confession recorded on a 911 tape.

The dispatcher is heard saying “Hello” several times before the father responds. After the dispatcher asks twice if anyone is hurt, Richard Bauduin Sr. responds “not yet.” The call is then ended.

A few seconds later, Robert Bauduin apparently makes a call to the dispatch center. After trying to get the dispatcher to give him her name, she again asks what is going on. Bauduin tells her “we don’t need no help” and then asks her to hold on. A gunshot is heard in the background and the father gets back on the phone with 911. He tells the dispatcher one of his sons shot the other son.

Robert Bauduin then gets back on the phone, telling the dispatcher “I killed my brother.”

Trooper Douglas Rush, the Troop B criminal investigator who filed the charge, said that Robert Bauduin’s account of the events did not jive with the 911 tape.

During his interview with Bauduin, he told Rush and Cpl. John Tobin he had been arguing most of the day with his father and brother. But Robert Bauduin told the investigators that he went into his bedroom and fell asleep on the couch that he uses as a bed. He told the troopers he sleeps with a double-barrel shotgun next to him because of break-ins to houses in the area.

“When he heard his bedroom door open, he picked up the shotgun, threw it over the couch and fired a shot,” Rush said.

Under cross-examination, defense attorney Brian Gorman asked if his client was intoxicated at the time. Rush responded that Robert Bauduin’s speech was slow and slurred but understandable. He also indicated that Bauduin did not “nod off” during the interview.

Gorman also asked Rush if his client had been injured. Rush responded that Robert Bauduin had an abrasion on the right side of the temple as well as scratches on his chest and shoulder.

“I believe he said he had been punched but he didn’t say who hit him,” Rush said.

Rush said that Robert Bauduin told him his brother accused him of “stealing his dad’s nickels.”

Schneider asked Rush if Robert Bauduin ever indicated that his brother pointed a gun at him and the trooper responded that he did not. Police confiscated the 16-gauge, double-barreled shotgun believed to have been used in the murder as well as a rifle that the father said he grabbed from his gun cabinet because he feared for his safety.

Robert Bauduin remains in Washington County jail, where he is being held without bond.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.


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