Alleged killer in gay brother murder case remains in jail
A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy must stay in jail while he waits to be sentenced in the bludgeoning death of his 18-year-old brother last year, a judge ruled. Evidence presented during the trial and at pretrial hearings shows that Ian Bishop is too dangerous to be released, Westmoreland County judge Debra Ann Pezze ruled Friday. Bishop's parents wanted their son to stay with them until he is sentenced in about three weeks for the April 2002 killing of his brother, Adam, at the family's home in Hempfield Township, about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. Bishop faces up to 80 years in prison for the killing. Prosecutors contend that Bishop killed his brother in part because he believed his brother was gay and that he planned to eventually kill his parents too.
Bishop's attorneys said the boy killed his brother with a hammer and small bat only after his older brother started a fight with him. Bishop's friend Robert Laskowski, 16, is in jail awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder. Bishop's attorneys have said Laskowski landed most of the fatal blows, but Laskowski told police he didn't hit Adam Bishop but merely helped Ian move the body into a bathtub, where Adam was left to die.