- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on a criminal homicide charge in the beating death of his roommate last year.

Fifty-four-year-old Thomas Petrousky is charged in Schuylkill County in the April 2014 death of 50-year-old David Halaburda near Frackville.

The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald (http://bit.ly/1CZdX11 ) reports that a district judge ruled Friday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to support the charges.

A forensic specialist said investigators believe that a piece of plywood was used to batter the victim.

An officer said the defendant was agitated and had blood on his shirt, and a neighbor testified that his fists were swollen and “nicked-up.”

Under cross-examination from Chief Public Defender Michael Stine, a township police chief said Halaburda was found to have bath salts in his system.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, http://www.republicanherald.com

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