Washington County man held for trial in stabbing death of father-in-law

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A Washington County man accused of killing his father-in-law along Route 31 in Donegal last summer was held for court today.

District Judge Denise Thiel ordered Michael A. Martin, 40, of Charleroi, to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and homicide at a preliminary hearing in Ligonier.

Martin remains in the Westmoreland County Prison.

His court-appointed attorney, Brian D. Aston, was not immediately available for comment.

Pennsylvania State Police said Martin stabbed Earl Weygandt, 67, nine times the night of Aug. 7.

Police said Martin called his father-in-law with purported car trouble and once his father-in-law arrived, Martin got inside Weygandt's vehicle. He told investigators Weygandt pulled a gun on him and that he stabbed his father-in-law in his self-defense.

Martin first told investigators, however, that his father-in-law didn't show up and he called someone else for help, a story that he later changed.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck has said that there were "issues" between the men, and that the crime was "extremely violent" -- one with "the intent to kill the victim."

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede.


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