Man Charged in 2010 Triple Murder Rejects Plea Deal, Gets New Trial

A man charged in the bludgeoning deaths of three people in East Hartford in 2010 has rejected a plea deal and will take the case to a second trial.

The office of the Hartford Superior Court clerk said Thursday that Brett Bednarz has rejected the conditions of a plea deal offered by the state. He has been charged with murder in the deaths of his mother, 74-year-old Beverly Therrien, and two house guests.

A police detective testified in May that authorities found no evidence in Bednarz's home or car linking him to the crime, but a state DNA expert said in court that DNA found on a crumpled tissue at the crime scene most likely belonged to Bednarz, The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer reported in May.

A second trial with a new jury will begin Dec. 1, 2015, according to the court clerk's office.

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