Defense: Man's murder trial should exclude death of daughter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An attorney for an Ohio man accused of killing his wife more than 20 years ago is seeking to exclude any reference to his client's slain daughter from his trial in Massachusetts.

Robert Honsch is charged with killing 53-year-old Marcia Honsch, whose body was found in October 1995 in western Massachusetts. He also faces a murder charge in Connecticut in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, whose body was found in September 1995. The family lived in New York at the time.

The Republican reports a Springfield judge on Wednesday heard a defense motion to exclude any evidence about Elizabeth Honsch's death. The defense argued it could prejudice the jury against the 73-year-old Honsch.

Prosecutors say excluding evidence about the daughter would impair their case.

The judge took the matter under advisement.


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