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Greensburg man credited for time served, released


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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