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Jan 27, 11:35 AM EST

Confessed killer testifying against man with bodies in yard



WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A key prosecution witness has taken the stand against a northeastern Pennsylvania man charged in the 2002 strangulation deaths of a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend.

Paul Weakley says he helped Hugo Selenski kill Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett and bury their bodies in Selenski's yard. Prosecutors say the pair robbed Kerkowski of tens of thousands of dollars he'd made from illegal drug sales.

Weakley took the stand Tuesday at Selenski's homicide trial. Weakley avoided a potential death sentence by pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with the case. He's testifying in hopes winning a reduction to his life sentence.

The defense says Weakley is the sole culprit.

Authorities found at least five sets of human remains on Selenski's property north of Wilkes-Barre.

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