CHICORA (KDKA) — A New Jersey man accused of killing his father and step-mother in Butler County has been extradited.

At his arraignment Thursday afternoon, Colin Abbott told a judge he owned a landscaping business, was single and that he had a criminal history on charges including resisting arrest and burglary, but was not on probation at the time of this latest arrest.

Abbott had nothing to say to reporters as he left his arraignment. The criminal complaint says he burned the remains of Celeste and Kenneth Abbott near a trash pit and scattered the remains on the couple’s property in Brady Township.

Police say Abbott told family members the couple died in a car crash in New Jersey and tried to cover up the crime in a money scheme.

But his lawyer, James Donohue, denies it.

“He’s unjustly accused and we’re going to protect his rights and make sure that the jury demonstrated that he is found not guilty,” Donohue said. “And he loves his dad and he loves his step-mother and he’s very upset with the fact that he’s been accused of this crime.”

Abbott faces a preliminary hearing next week.

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