Man faces murder trial
A man accused of killing his girlfriend’s father in December 2017 will stand trial for murder, a judge has ruled.
Matthew Boyer, 32, of Douglass (Berks) Township, faced a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before District Judge Michael Hartman, where he was denied bail and held on charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder as well as aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a weapon, recklessly endangering another person and firearms not to be carried without a license, according to court records.
According to previous reports by Digital First Media, the affidavit of probable cause stated police were called to a residence on the 100 block of Cleaver School Road in Colebrookdale Township at approximately 6:48 a.m. on Dec. 28.
Once inside the home officers went upstairs and found the victim, Stephen Kriebel, 58, lying on the floor near a baseball bat. Officers said they saw blood on the walls and could smell gun powder. Kriebel’s wife, identified as Virginia Kriebel, was nearby crying, police said.
Kriebel told police that she and her husband had been sleeping when a man appeared in their bedroom and started yelling. She said that Stephen Kriebel then got out of bed and the intruder started swinging a baseball bat. At some point, she said she heard a “pop” and when the struggle ended, Virginia Kriebel entered a second bedroom, turned on the light and identified the intruder as their daughter’s boyfriend, Matthew Boyer, authorities said.
Boyer left the residence in a gray Chevrolet Malibu and was later taken into custody, according to police.
In an interview with police, Boyer said that he left his house at around 6:30 a.m. Before leaving, he gathered a bag that contained a ski mask, his gun and a knife. He then drove to the victim’s home and attempted to enter through a basement door but it was locked. He went to the front door and used his girlfriend’s key to unlock the door. Boyer then proceeded upstairs where the altercation ensued, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
During the altercation, Boyer admitted to shooting Kriebel five to six times after hitting him with the bat. He said after leaving, his
first thought was to turn himself in to police but he wanted to talk to his girlfriend. When he arrived home, police were already there.
Boyer remains in Berks County Jail and is scheduled for formal arraignment on May 1.