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PLEA BARGAIN ACCEPTED FOR WITNESS AGAINST KEVIN MURPHY
Greensburg man credited for time served, released

6/12/2013

During the Kevin Murphy triple murder murder trial and in court proceedings leading up to it, defense attorneys attempted to discredit the testimony of John Meighan, a Greensburg man who was a fellow inmate of Murphy.  The claim was that Meighan had cut a deal with the prosecution to get a less severe punishment for his ninth arrest for driving under the influence.  Yesterday, Meighan’s DUI charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain as he admitted guilt for failure to appear for a court appearance in February of 2010.  Judge John Blahovec sentenced him to eleven and-a-half to 23 months in prison, gave him credit for time already served on house arrest, and closed the case against him.  Meighan is a free man.

 

Meighan testified that Murphy admitted to him how he murdered his mother, sister, and aunt; that Murphy told him he did it at the urging of his girlfriend; and how he crafted an alibi with her aid.  Murphy was found guilty of all three murders and sentenced to death.

 

In addition to four DUI charges stemming from a November 2009 chase on Route 22 and Route 66 in Westmoreland County, charges of possession of marijuana and being a habitual offender were dropped against Meighan, who began serving his house arrest  with electronic monitoring the day before he testified against Murphy at a preliminary hearing in May 2010.


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