Judge asked to OK statements in Western Pa. woman’s death

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UNIONTOWN (AP) – Prosecutors are asking a judge to allow them to use statements allegedly made by one of two men charged in the strangulation death of a woman whose body was found in a Western Pennsylvania river last year.


Twenty-four-year-old Paul Bannasch of Hopwood is charged along with 24-year-old Craig Rugg of Connellsville in Fayette County in the June 2013 death of 52-year-old Margaret Kriek of Connellsville.


Bannasch’s public defender argued in May that Bannasch had asked whether he should be speaking with an attorney. The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that prosecutors argue that the question wasn’t “an invocation of the right to counsel.”


Police allege that Rugg told them the pair killed Kriek in June after leaving a Connellsville bar because she changed her mind about having sex with them.


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