Jefferson Township man arraigned on homicide charge

February 13, 2014
Robert Jay Bauduin of Jefferson Township is escorted from the Washington County Courthouse by sheriff’s deputies after a hearing in December before Magisterial District Judge Gary Havelka. Bauduin had his formal arraignment on homicide charges Thursday. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

A Jefferson Township man was formally arraigned Thursday in Washington County Court on a homicide charge in the death of his brother.

Robert Jay Bauduin, 46, of Bethel Ridge Road, appeared before Washington County Common Pleas Judge John DiSalle and pleaded not guilty in the death of Richard Bauduin Jr., 47, of Colliers, W.Va.

Bauduin is accused of shooting his brother in the head. He faces 20 years to life in prison.

Police were called to the Bethel Ridge Road home Nov. 30 by the brothers’ father, Richard Bauduin Sr., who was at first reluctant to provide information to the 911 dispatcher. That call ended, and Richard Bauduin Sr. called again. During the second 911 call, a gunshot was heard in the background and the father told the dispatcher one of his sons shot the other son, police said.

Robert Bauduin then got on the phone and admitted to the dispatcher that he killed his brother.

During an interview with state police investigators, Bauduin said he was arguing most the of the day with his brother and father. Bauduin shared the home with his father. He told investigators he went into his bedroom to sleep, and that he sleeps with a shotgun due to area break-ins. When he heard the door to his room open, Bauduin said he picked up the shotgun and fired a shot.

The district attorney’s office is not seeking the death penalty in the case.

Bauduin remains in the Washington County jail without bond. A trial date has not yet been set.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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