Accused Of Murdering Pa. Couple

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (1010 WINS/AP) — A man suspected in two New York homicides has been ordered to stand trial on charges he murdered a western Pennsylvania couple in April.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, state police produced a signed statement from a cell mate who says 45-year-old Stephen Rebert, of Emporium, acknowledged killing an older couple for money.

James and Victoria Shugar, both 61, were found fatally shot April 12 inside their home in Snyder Township, about 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Stolen was a rare currency collection, including Sacagawea gold coins. Police say Rebert had some of the money with him when he was arrested in June.

A Pennsylvania state trooper on Wednesday testified he’s been working with authorities in Gennessee County, N.Y. where Rebert is a suspect in two unsolved killings.

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