- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

SNYDERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A magistrate judge has ruled that there’s enough evidence to send a northeastern Pennsylvania man to trial for homicide in the shotgun slayings of a father and stepson.

State police said 55-year-old Garry Flyte confessed to shooting 54-year-old Jeffrey Place and 30-year-old Steven Powell at their home near Kunkletown in March.

Authorities said Flyte ran in his neighbors’ home with a shotgun and shot Powell, who ran, before shooting Place and the family’s German shepherd and then calling 911 to report the crime.

Place and his dog died at the scene. Powell died at a hospital.

At a preliminary hearing Monday in Monroe County, police testified that Flyte said voices told him to shoot the victims.

Flyte’s relatives have blamed the slayings on the defendant’s methamphetamine use and mental illness.

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