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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Defense begins in Colegrove murder trial
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Penn. -- Early defense witnesses in the Steven Colegrove murder trial didn't say much about Steven Colegrove.

"I think they're trying it make it look like there was a third party involved," said Wyalusing Presbyterian Church Pastor Barry Balland.

Marlene Colegrove's pastor and friends testified Monday that Steven Colegrove wasn't much in the family picture. But her other son, Robert, and his wife, Heather, were. And Marlene had said she was having problems with the couple before she, her husband, and third son, Michael, died.

Robert and Heather Colegrove owned and shot shotguns, like the one used in the murders. And a Pennsylvania State Police investigator admitted their guns were not checked right away. But when they were, troopers said the guns didn't match and one belonging to the man Steven Colegrove lived with did.

Steven Colegrove also had a shoulder bruise troopers said was consistent with firing a shotgun, but a forensic pathologist testified there was no way to attribute a specific cause to the bruise.

"There are countless objects in the known universe that could serve as a plausible explanation for that bruise. A shotgun butt is certainly one of them. But there's nothing specific that would allow anyone to say," said forensic pathologist Eric Vey.

The doctor explained the bruise was yellowed and at least 18 hours old when troopers found and photographed it.

"Had the bruise been examined shortly after its infliction, it would have been more likely to attribute causality to the bruise," Vey said.

Troopers testified they found no bruises on the shoulders of either Robert or Heather Colegrove, but another witness testified, vests, known to shooters like them, would prevent such bruises.

Steven Colegrove's lawyers plan to call several more witnesses when his trial continues Tuesday.


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