PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Michael Martin, 41, of Charleroi was convicted by a Westmoreland County Jury of first degree murder tonight.
Martin was arrested back in 2013 in the stabbing death of his father-in-law, 67-year-old Earl Weygandt.READ MORE: Farmers Across Pittsburgh Team Up With The Food Bank To Help Families In Need
The victim’s body was found in his SUV, which was parked in a restaurant parking lot, in Donegal.
Police and prosecutors said the murder was all about money. They said Martin had lured his father-in-law to the Donegal location, because Weygandt stopped giving him and his stepdaughter money.
Martin told investigators he stabbed Weygandt nine times in self-defense, but the jury didn’t buy his story.READ MORE: Person Hit, Killed By Driver Of Vehicle In Monroeville On Route 22
The jury this afternoon spent about two hours deliberated Martin’s fate.
The victim’s daughter, Shelly Pelzer, said after the verdict: “I was relieved they [the jury] saw through his lies. It’s a good verdict, my dad – an Army veteran – can now rest in peace.”
Pelzer added, “now, I can move on a little bit, I’ve been holding onto this for a long time. I’ll never forget my dad, my baby was born on his birthday.”MORE NEWS: New York Real Estate Company Considering Turning Former GNC Headquarters Into Apartments
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