Trial slated for one of two men accused in Pa. couple’s murder

  • June 13, 2014

BEAVER (AP) – Opening statements are expected next week in the trial of one of two men accused of killing a couple six years ago while their young children were locked in another room.

Jury selection for the Beaver County trial of Devon Shealey, 27, of Pittsburgh should be completed Monday, The Beaver County Times reported. A dozen jurors and two alternates had been selected by Thursday evening, and two more alternate jurors must be chosen.

Shealey faces more than 30 charges – including homicide, kidnapping, robbery and a firearms count – in the June 2008 murders of Richard and Demetria Harper. They were found bound and shot in the basement of their Beaver Falls home in what authorities allege was a drug dispute.

Robert Burgess, 37, also is charged in the case and is scheduled to go on trial in October.

At a November 2012 preliminary hearing, the couple’s 15-year-old daughter testified that she and a younger sister were ushered into a basement room. The girl, who was 11 at the time, said she saw her parents tied up and heard a man demanding money before hearing gunshots on the other side of the door.


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