Judge rules mistrial in trial against 2 men accused of beating Beaver Co. 82-year-old to death

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BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. - A judge ruled a mistrial Thursday in the trial against two men accused of beating an 82-year-old to death.

Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that stepbrothers Beau Chermer and Joe Arlott were on trial for the home invasion and death of Dan Santia.

Police said Santia was bound and gagged during the invasion in April 2012. Santia died several weeks later at an area hospital.

Marcinkiewicz reported that the mistrial was determined after 22 photographs of the victim were submitted into evidence under false pretenses.

Chermer and Arlott were charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and faced the death penalty had the jury determined Santia’s death was the result of first-degree murder, a premeditated killing with malice.

The defense had argued Santia’s injuries were superficial, and that he died of unrelated health issues.