An Indiana man pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of second-degree murder for his involvement in the deaths of a couple in their apartment outside of Clymer in October of 2016.
21-year-old Justin Stevenson was one of three men charged with the deaths of Timothy Gardner and Jacqueline Brink. Police say Stevenson along with 20-year-old Nathaniel Price and 17-year-old Isaiah Scott went to Gardner and Brink’s apartment for what looked like a drug deal, but in reality was a robbery where Gardner was beaten to death with a metal pipe. Either Stevenson or Price went upstairs and beat Brink because she was a witness to the killing.
Stevenson faces two life sentences for the two counts of second-degree murder, and District Attorney Patrick Dougherty did not prosecute the other counts of robbery and conspiracy to that crime. He will be sentenced September 17th. Scott’s case was transferred to juvenile court, while Price is scheduled for a criminal call hearing on December 20th. Dougherty is seeking the death penalty now against Price.