By: KDKA-TV News Staff
GREENSBURG (KDKA) — A co-defendant in the trial of two men accused in the violent 2017 beating death of a Vandergrift woman took the stand against the other suspect.READ MORE: 2 Arrested In Connection With 2017 Death Of Vandergrift Woman
Walter Cable and Devin Akamichi face criminal homicide charges in the death of 34-year-old Ronny Cable. The victim was not related to the suspect.
According to court records, Akamichi, Ronny’s ex-boyfriend, and Cable led her to a remote wooded area off of Strawcutter Road in February of 2017. Once there, Walter Cable allegedly beat the woman in the head, face and neck with a hammer, then strangled her to death.
After her death, investigators say Cable and Akamichi poured gasoline on the victim’s body, burned it and broke up her remains with a shovel and other tools.
The trial began Wednesday morning with opening statements.
Afterward, Akamichi took the stand to testify against Cable.
During his testimony, Akamichi told the court that while they were at a local bar, Walter Cable told him, “I’m gonna kill Ronny.”
When asked by the lawyers, “Did you do anything to stop this?” Akamichi said, “No, I froze up.”
Akamichi testified that he helped burn Ronny Cable’s body. He told the court that he and Walter eventually left the scene to “grab something to eat and get gas” to destroy the rest of the remains.
burn the body adding wood to keep fire going breaking victim’s bones up with a shovel. The two men then left then went to a convenience store to grab something to eat and get gas to pour on what was left of the woman’s body.
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Akamichi told the court that he later lead police to the crime scene.
Ronny Cable disappeared on Feb. 16, 2017. She was last seen on surveillance video at a Walmart with the two suspects.
The defense is now cross-examining Akamichi and is expected to do so into Thursday. Akamichi is also charged with criminal homicide and other offenses in connection with Ronny Cable’s death, but agreed to testify against Walter Cable.