Trial to begin in killing of Pennsylvania man tied to tree

June 24, 2013 8:21:43 AM PDT
Trial is scheduled to begin for an eastern Pennsylvania man charged in the killing of a man found dead after authorities say he was left tied to a tree.

Forty-nine-year-old Keith A. Reber is charged with homicide in the May 2012 death of 26-year-old Bryan R. Smith. The trial is slated to begin Monday.

Authorities say Reber and 26-year-old Daniel W. Dull took Smith to a secluded wooded area and bound him to a tree. Police allege Reber returned around 11 p.m. and found Smith dead, with his face in the dirt.

The Republican-Herald reports investigators say Reber was punishing Smith for allegedly stealing from his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Dull, who's also charged with homicide, will be a prosecution witness against Reber. They say his case will be concluded after Reber's trial.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, http://www.republicanherald.com


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