- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Trial has begun for the second defendant charged in the killings of an elderly man and his son last year in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thirty-three-year-old James Roche is charged in Luzerne County in the April 2014 deaths of 73-year-old Ronald Evans and 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans in Hunlock Township.

Forty-year-old Holly Ann Crawford, who denied any role in the slayings and put the blame on Roche, was convicted of first-degree murder in September.

Authorities allege that Roche sought a confrontation with the victims after seeing a movie with a character that reminded him of the older man, with whom Crawford had had a relationship.

Crawford gained notoriety in 2008 when she pierced kittens’ ears and necks and marketed them as “gothic.” She was convicted of animal cruelty.

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