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Arnold man accused of impeding efforts to help woman as she lay dying


The Arnold man charged with aiding a woman’s suicide and attempting to rob her waived all charges against him yesterday at a preliminary hearing before Judge George Thachik.


31-year-old Brandon Lee Crowe will stand trial in Indiana County Court for two felonies: aiding suicide and attempted theft; and seven misdemeanors, including terroristic threats he allegedly made against a state trooper.


Crowe is accused of twice impeding police efforts to check on the welfare of 39-year-old Julie Madeley of Climax Road in West Wheatfield Township.  She committed suicide by taking an overdose of prescription medications in March.  Investigators also say Crowe was also caught trying to steal items from Madeley’s home and car, and even took jewelry from her body as she lay unconscious.  He reportedly admitted that he intended to sell the stolen items in New Kensington or Pittsburgh.


If convicted of both felonies, Crowe could be sentenced to as much as twenty years in prison and fines totaling $50,000.  No trial date has been set.


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