Midstate man guilty of killing father, grandmother

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2016 3:37 PM

(Reading) -- A midstate man has been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges for killing his father and grandmother.

A Berks County jury quickly returned the verdict Friday after the weeklong trial of 36-year-old Johnny T. Branford.

Branford had been staying in the victims' Reading home before he was kicked out in December 2014 after an argument with his father, and had a protection-from-abuse order lodged against him.

Prosecutors say he returned Jan. 26, 2015 to stab 52-year-old Johnny M. Branford 30 times, then strangled 74-year-old Mary Branford so she couldn't report the first killing. Branford then took his grandmother's credit cards and went on a shopping spree before the bodies were discovered, then was arrested 10 days later.

Branford denied the killings, testifying, ``That goes against my beliefs.''

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