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Judge to rule Monday on degree of guilt in slaying case

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2018 8:36 AM
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(Allentown) -- A  judge is to issue his ruling Monday on whether a man who acknowledged killing his cousin and shooting his cousin's wife and their family dog planned his actions or committed them in the heat of passion.

Authorities say 62-year-old John Hann killed Joseph Mullner and shot Melinda Mullner multiple times in October 2017. She survived by playing dead.

Hann surrendered the following day after a police standoff that lasted several hours.

Defense attorney Gary Asteak argued last week that Hann was paranoid and delusional and incapable of planning the shooting.

A Northampton County prosecutor argued that he wasn't usually armed but brought two guns to the home, concealed them and shot his cousin 18 times.

A third-degree rather than first-degree murder conviction might allow Hann's release someday.

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