Transcript: Son of slain man confessed before hanging self

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A recently unsealed court transcript shows a Pennsylvania man found hanged in his jail cell last week had confessed killing his father to another inmate.

Thirty-four-year-old Dustin Halsaver was found hanged Friday in the Crawford County jail.

The Meadville man was awaiting trial on charges he killed his 74-year-old father, Kenneth Halsaver, in September. Police say that happened while Dustin Halsaver was robbing his father’s home in Townville.

The Meadville Tribune asked a judge to unseal the transcript of a closed hearing two days before Dustin Halsaver killed himself.

The transcript shows an inmate told Halsaver’s public defender last month that Halsaver confessed to killing his father, and that Halsaver learned of that at the hearing.

The hearing was held so the public defender could withdraw from Halsaver’s case.