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Deer DNA is key evidence in hunter's murder
Associated Press — Nov. 8, 2004
UNIONTOWN, Pa. — State police in Fayette County charged a man with deliberately shooting and killing a hunter nearly seven years ago then taking a deer the hunter had shot.
State police said new DNA technology allowed them to compare venison taken from Lawrence Joseph Cseripko's freezer shortly after the murder with evidence taken from near where Paul Joseph Horvat's body was found.
Police say Cseripko, of Uniontown, shot Horvat and dumped his body in a creek on Dec. 16, 1997.
Cseripko denied the charge at his arraignment Thursday. He's being held without bail in the Fayette County prison.
Horvat's body was found the day after he failed to return from hunting. Police said that a month after that, a witness told them that while he was walking in the woods, he'd seen Horvat getting out of a tree stand. The man said he also saw Cseripko sitting in a truck nearby and that the men had previously fought over deer.
Police searched Cseripko's house in March 1998 and took venison from his freezer and compared it with deer entrails found near Horvat's body and deer blood on Horvat's hunting pants. Police said recent tests are a match.
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