WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A preliminary hearing for one of the two men accused in connection with the stabbing death of an elderly woman in Washington County last month was postponed today.
The homicide happened July 18 when 92-year-old Evelyn Stepko was stabbed in her home in Coal Center, Washington County.
Police have charged her 56-year-old neighbor, David A. McClelland, who they say allegedly burglarized her home in the past.
Police also charged his son, 36-year-old David J. McClelland, who is a police officer in Washington Township, Fayette County.
He’s facing charges with conspiracy, receiving stolen property and criminal homicide.
His attorney says they’ll attempt to get the homicide charge dropped.
“I’m not going to comment with regard to the conspiracy,” said Dan Chunko, the defense attorney. “I don’t believe he had any direct involvement in the actual murder itself because it appears that he had a secondary role at best, according to the allegations in the complaint. It appears that the father had more of a direct involvement in this matter.”
Police say the son gambled thousands of dollars at a casino that they suspect may have been stolen from Stepko on previous occasions, but that was nearly two years ago.
Both men are being held without bail in Washington County Jail.
The father has been held for trial, and the son’s hearing has been moved to next Wednesday.