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Prosecutors oppose separate trials in Penn State professor's death

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 17, 2016 11:58 AM
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This undated photo provided by Penn State on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, shows Ronald Bettig, a Penn State professor.

(Bellefonte) -- Prosecutors are opposing a move to split a woman's trial from that of her co-defendant in the death of a Penn State professor who police say was pushed off a cliff at a quarry and fell 80 feet.

Thirty-two-year-old Danielle Geier wants a Centre County judge to sever her trial from that of 39-year-old George Ishler Jr.

The Centre Daily Times reports that prosecutors say trying the cases together may help determine the truth more easily, and separate trials would cost more time and money.

Geier argued that she would be "severely prejudiced" by having her case linked to that of Ishler, who is accused of having pushed Ronald Bettig after the pair lured him to the Potter Township quarry in August with a story about harvesting marijuana.

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