WILKES-BARRE - A Hazleton man pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court on Friday in his alleged role in the beating death of Aaron Reznick, 29, more than a year ago.
Mitchell Dedes, 18, of West Hemlock Street, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9 to a third degree murder charge.
Hazleton police and Luzerne County detectives alleged Dedes and Breon Judon, 20, met Reznick with the intent of selling him crack cocaine and the deal went sour at some point.
Judon’s statement said Dedes became upset after Reznick told him he did not have any money and offered to put his iPhone as collateral. Dedes pulled a gun and demanded Reznick give him the phone, then ordered him to strip and get into the truck of his car, according to court records.
But Dedes, in his statement, said Judon pulled the gun after Reznick gave them the cellphone as payment for the drugs and became angry after he realized the phone was broken. He then ordered Reznick into the truck.
Reznick was found unconscious in the road near 10th and Carson streets just after midnight on Aug. 4, 2012. He died nine days later at Lehigh Valley Hospital. An autopsy revealed he died from multiple blunt force trauma to the head.
Judon is facing an open count of criminal homicide in court and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 3.