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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Colegrove’s brother testifies
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Penn. -- Robert Colegrove says he doesn't remember the last time he was in a room with his brother, Steven. But the two shared a tense courtroom Friday, as Robert testified at his brother's trial for the deaths of their other brother and parents.

"It was appropriate to call Robert Colegrove because Steven Colegrove was claiming his mother and father and brother had made all sorts of assertions," said Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett.

Witnesses have alluded to a tense relationship between Robert, his wife, Heather, and the other Colegroves. The couple testified there was tension, because Marlene Colegrove didn't accept their adopted daughter. But, they said, the family still got together for Christmases. The only one not there was Steven.

As Robert and Heather Colegrove's testimony fleshed out the family relationships, other witnesses continued discussing physical evidence. Blood on the alleged murder weapon was identified as containing the DNA of Michael Colegrove, but also another unknown person. And Pennsylvania State Trooper David Pelachick explained how he came to find a bruise on Steven Colegrove's shoulder.

"Trooper Pelachick has to shoot twice a year like all state troopers do. And he's quite aware of the recoil of full magnum loads. He realized that the shooter would have endured a fair amount of recoil from these three-inch magnums. And Trooper Pelachick was on the lookout for bruising," Barrett said.

Pelachick testified that he asked Colegrove to see his shoulders and found a bruise.

"At that point, a chill went up my spine," Pelachick said.

Colegrove told Pelachick he got the bruise from falling up some stairs.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case when the Steven Colegrove trial continues Monday. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP