WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County judge on Monday heard testimony in the case of two men charged with robbing and killing another man in an alleged drug deal gone bad, including that a confidential informant wore a wire to get information from one man.
Judge Richard Hughes, at a hearing for Breon Judon, 20, and Mitchell Dedes, 18, heard testimony in a number of requests made by Judon defense attorney Allyson Kacmarski, including that statements he made to investigators and information obtained through a wiretap should be thrown out.
Judon and Dedes are charged in the death of Aaron Reznick, 29, of Hazleton, in August 2012. The two men are scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 23. Hughes said he’ll make rulings in the cases within the next three weeks.
During Monday’s hearing, First Assistant District Attorney Samuel Sanguedolce testified he approved a wire to be worn by a police informant to obtain information from Judon.
Sanguedolce said he spoke with the informant and approved that he agreed to wear a wire during an Aug. 18, 2012, conversation.
In that conversation, Hazleton police Detective Sgt. David Bunchalk testified the informant learned Judon told him Judon and Dedes confronted Reznick, took his iPhone, stripped him, assaulted him and put him in the trunk of a car.
Reznick escaped the trunk and was laying in the middle of a roadway when the two men got out of the car and left after realizing Reznick was dead.
Bunchalk also testified he interviewed Judon in the days after the incident, during which time Judon said he knew why he was there and blamed Dedes for Reznick’s death.
“But he never denied actually being there,” Bunchalk said.
Bunchalk also testified he had searched a home Judon had lived in where four guns were found, numerous types of ammunition, two cellphones and a bloodstained T-shirt and bed sheet.
Hughes said he would accept additional court papers regarding defense attorneys’ requests.
Hughes will consider photos to be shown at the trial if needed, prosecutors’ requests to present evidence of prior bad acts of both men and a request to sever the Judon and Dedes trials.
Shortly before Monday’s hearing began, Dedes asked to be moved away from Judon inside the courtroom because he overheard a discussion between Judon and an investigator working on his case. The two men were sitting next to each other.
Dedes said the investigator and Judon were talking about him and referred to him as a “punk.” Investigators and sheriff deputies intervened, moving the men apart.
Dedes stayed for the beginning of Monday’s hearing, then met with his attorneys, Demetrius Fannick and Nicole Thompson, before being taken back to the county prison.