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Penn State professor murder trial scheduled

George Ishler has been charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with Penn State professor Ronald Bettig’s death.
George Ishler has been charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with Penn State professor Ronald Bettig’s death. Centre Daily Times, file

A trial has been scheduled for a man and a woman accused of killing Penn State professor Ronald Bettig.

Bettig, of Lemont, was discovered at the bottom of a Potter Township quarry, police said, where he may have lain up to two days before his death. George Ishler, 40, and Danelle Geier, 33, were charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with Bettig’s death.

According to court documents filed Sept. 20, a jury trial for both Ishler and Geier has been set for Oct. 9-12, continuing into Oct. 16-24 at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. Jury selection is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6.

Both Ishler and Geier attempted to file motions to have their trials severed in March but were denied by a Centre County judge. Ishler also attempted in May to have his confession to police suppressed, which was also denied.

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