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Man to stand trial in killing of his mother's companion



Published: Thu, February 6, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) -- A man will stand trial on charges that he killed his mother's longtime companion with a claw hammer because the man wouldn't lend him money to buy Christmas presents.

John Corbin, 41, of Ellwood City, was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Friday on charges of criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault in an attack Dec. 8 on 68-year-old David Kyler of Beaver Falls.

Kyler had lived for 33 years with Mildred Corbin, the defendant's mother, authorities said.

Police said Corbin hit Kyler with a hammer after Kyler grabbed him by the throat during an argument over money. Corbin wanted Kyler to lend him Christmas money, but Kyler refused, saying Corbin once borrowed $20 and didn't pay him back, police said.

Before leaving the house with about $200 of Kyler's money, police said, Corbin tossed the contents of drawers in an upstairs room to make it look like someone robbed the house.

Police said Corbin, who didn't testify at Friday's hearing, confessed the killing. It could not be immediately determined if Corbin has an attorney.




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