Bryan Freeman in court ahead of resentencing
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.
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.