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Fate of Suspect in 95-Year-Old Man's Death in Hands of Jury

The jury in the trial of a Massachusetts man charged with killing a 95-year-old man and his 77-year-old wife during a home invasion has started deliberating.

The Recorder reports that the Franklin Superior Court jury weighing the fate of 25-year-old Joshua Hart began deliberations Thursday.

Hart is charged in the October 2016 killing of 95-year-old Thomas Harty in his Orange home. Hart's wife, Joanna Fisher, was severely injured and died several weeks later.

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Hart, of Athol, faces two counts of murder and several other offenses. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Hart and his girlfriend wanted to steal a car and money so they could leave Massachusetts and avoid charges in an unrelated case. His girlfriend faces trial later this month.

Hart's lawyer blamed the killings on the girlfriend.

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