Judge: Upper Merion man can't delay trial in family slaying

Police tell Action News Joseph McAndrew Jr. has been charged with the stabbing deaths of his mother, father, and twin brother.

March 26, 2013 5:01:04 AM PDT
A judge says he won't delay the trial of a suburban Philadelphia man accused of killing his parents and twin brother with a sword.

Earlier this month, the court-appointed guardian for 24-year-old Upper Merion resident Joseph C. McAndrew Jr. had asked for a delay while McAndrew tries to gain access to his mother's estate to help pay for his defense. Court papers say the estate is valued at about $1 million.

The Times Herald reports Montgomery County Judge Gary Silow has denied the request, which had been fought by prosecutors.

Authorities say McAndrew used a sword to stab 70-year-old Joseph C. McAndrew, 64-year-old Susan C. McAndrew, and his twin, James McAndrew, in March 2011.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


Information from: The Times Herald, http://www.timesherald.com/