Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Charge Four in Fatal Stabbing of Westmoreland County Man

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Charge Four in Fatal Stabbing of Westmoreland County Man

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Four people face homicide and robbery charges following confessions from three of them in an alleged conspiracy to kill a Westmoreland County man for his drugs and money.

The fourth suspect in the stabbing death of Matthew Genard, 50, of Youngwood remained at large Thursday.

Mr. Genard's body was found just before 10 p.m. Nov. 10 at his home on Wineman Lane.

Arrested Thursday were Linda Quidetto, 40; her boyfriend, Jason Sullenberger, 40; and Michael Covington, 20. Pennsylvania State Police were seeking Christopher James "CJ" David, 40.

All four are from Youngwood, and the three in custody were being held in the Westmoreland County Prison.

A state police affidavit said those three confessed to making a plan to kill and rob Mr. Genard, although the details of who did exactly what differed from confession to confession.

Ms. Quidetto said that two days before the killing, the four met and made a plan to kill Mr. Genard and "steal his drugs and money," the affidavit said.

On Nov. 9, she told police, the three men left her residence between 3 and 4 a.m. with a plan to go to Mr. Genard's home and kill him. She said that just before sunup they returned, and she saw Mr. David "covered in blood" while Mr. Sullenberger and Mr. Covington had blood on their shoes.

"They informed her that the victim would not go down without a fight," police wrote in the affidavit. She said Mr. David had told her he had held the victim in a choke hold while Mr. Covington and Mr. Sullenberger "stabbed the victim repeatedly," police wrote.

Ms. Quidetto was told the struggle ended when Mr. Sullenberger stabbed the victim behind the ear and cut his throat, the affidavit said.

The three men stole about $1,100 in cash along with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a cell phone, according to police. Before they left, they stripped Mr. …

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