A Butler County judge has rejected a defense motion to keep jurors from hearing about a weapon and other evidence found in the New Jersey home of a man slated for trial next month in the murders of his father and stepmother.
Colin Abbott, 42, is charged in Butler County in the deaths of 65-year-old Kenneth Abbott and 55-year-old Celeste Abbott, whose dismembered remains were found in July 2011. Authorities have said they found human remains scattered across their 25-acre property in rural Brady Township.
Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty, allege that he told relatives that the two had died in a car crash.
Defense attorney Wendy Williams said the gun found in Colin Abbott's Rutherford, N.J., home had three bullets, but police later noted only two. Judge William Shaffer said any discrepancy would "go to the weight of the evidence and not to its admissibility."