Witness: Man accused of killing, burying 2 seen with shovel

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Posted: Jan 23, 2015 1:08 PM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A trial witness says a man charged with killing a Pennsylvania couple and burying their bodies in his yard had looked sweaty and had a mud-covered pick and shovel nearby.

Robert Steiner testified Friday in the trial of Hugo Selenski, who's charged with strangling pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and Kerkowski's girlfriend, Tammy Fassett.

He told a jury he came home from work one day in May 2002 and saw his neighbor Selenski and another man, Paul Weakley. He says they looked like they had been "doing something hard."

Prosecutors say Selenski and Weakley strangled Kerkowski and Fassett as part of a robbery plot. Weakley has already pleaded guilty and plans to testify against Selenski.

Selenski has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.