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August 20, 2013

Hearing is set for the man accused of killing his father with a hammer

— A preliminary hearing has been set for a Johnstown man accused of beating his father to death with a hammer.

Jonathan Kuzma, 31, is scheduled to appear Aug. 26 before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury, on homicide, aggravated assault and other charges.

Kuzma was arrested by police late on Aug. 2 after his father, John P. Kuzma, 52, was found fatally beaten in his Moxham home.

Jonathan Kuzma is being represented by the county Public Defender’s Office.

Cambria Public Defender Ryan Gleason said attorneys John Messina and Michael Filia are handling the case.

“At this point, we’re just trying to get the full information developed as to what happened,” Gleason said. “Mr. Kuzma has no previous criminal record that would hint that this kind of thing would happen, so we're not making any assumptions at this point.

“We’ll be prepared to go for the hearing,” he said.

Police say Kuzma struck his father with a carpenter’s hammer and inflicted several stab wounds before dumping the man’s body in the home’s basement. He then allegedly robbed the man’s safe for drug money.

Police have described the assault as domestic, and said they’d been sent to the home in previous months for disputes.

After Kuzma’s arrest the night of the homicide, Kuzma allegedly admitted to attacking his father with the hammer, city detectives said.

He is currently being lodged in Cambria County Prison without bond. In Pennsylvania, homicide is not a bailable offense at the magisterial district level.

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