Bryan Free­man in court ahead of re­sen­tenc­ing

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A Le­high County judge heard tes­ti­mony Fri­day on the re­ports of two ex­perts who dis­agree on whether Bryan Free­man, who was con­victed of stab­bing his mother to death in 1995 in their Sal­is­bury Town­ship home, should spend his life in prison. That dis­par­ity, ar­gued de­fense at­tor­ney Karl D. Schwartz, should dis­qual­ify pros­e­cu­tors from seek­ing a life term when Free­man, 41, is re­sen­tenced this year, a move re­quired un­der a Supreme Court de­ci­sion that now bans au­to­matic life sen­tences for ju­ve­nile killers. Free­man’s fa­ther and 11-year-old brother also were killed in the homi­cide. His then-16-yearold brother, David, and cousin Nel­son Bird­well III, who was 18, are serv­ing life sen­tences for their in­volve­ment. Judge Maria Dan­tos did not yet rule on the mo­tion.

What’s next? David Free­man’s hear­ing is Jan. 28.

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Bryan Free­man is led into court March14, 1995. He was later sen­tenced to life in prison for stab­bing his mother to death. A ju­ve­nile at the time, he now faces re­sen­tenc­ing.

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