Brother Takes Stand In Colegrove Murder Trial

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 24, 2009 at 12:42 AM EDT

The brother of a man accused of murder takes the stand in Bradford County Court.

32 year old Steven Colegrove is charged in the death of his mother, father and brother.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us what jurors heard in court today.

36 year old Robert Colegrove says he loved his mother and father, even though they had problems recently.

His brother Steven is on trial, accused of shooting and killing his parents and brother with a shotgun, in their Tuscarora Township home in August 2007.

Robert told the court his mother didn't approve of his wife Heather, or the fact he had adopted a daughter.

A letter found written to Robert by his mother told him she no longer considered him her son.

Prosecutors say Steven used these claims to point the finger at Robert.

"It was appropriate to call Robert Colegrove because Steven Colegrove was claiming that his mother, father and brother had made all sorts of assertions. Of course, when Steven Colegrove said those things, the parents were already dead so we can't question them," said Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett.

Jurors also heard from members of the Pennsylvania State Police.

They testified that Steven lied to them about several things, including a bruise on his shoulder.

He said he got it when he fell on the porch of his Deposit home.

Police believe he got the bruise from firing a shotgun.

"Jurors will have to pass judgment on all the evidence as presented. We have endeavored to show the jury what Steven Colegrove did after police began investigating this crime," said Barrett.

The prosecution plans to call at least one more witness before resting it's case.

In Towanda, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

Robert also said he was not aware Steven was his half-brother until after the murders.

Tests showed Joseph Colegrove was not Steven's biological father.

The prosecution expects to wrap up it's case on Monday.

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