Two Lancaster men were recently ordered to be tried for killing a pair of brothers last month at a city home.
Joshua M. Proper and Juan Cristo-Munoz, both 18, waived preliminary hearings this week on numerous charges, including two counts of homicide and robbery, for the killings of the brothers, ages 61 and 62, at their Poplar Street home.
District Judge Adam Witkonis, in turn, ordered Proper and Cristo-Munoz be tried in Lancaster County Court, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson, lead prosecutor.
“This is just one step in the process and they are of course still presumed innocent,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Thursday, “but this case is of the highest priority for us and we will do everything we can to make sure these defendants are held fully accountable under the law.”
Both defendants are being held at Lancaster County Prison without bail.
On Feb. 19, Lancaster city police officers responded to 627 Poplar Street and found the brothers wounded and two individuals, later identified as Proper and Cristo-Munoz, in the basement.
Autopsies revealed the brothers died of multiple traumatic injuries from stab wounds; their deaths were ruled homicides.
Police recovered numerous weapons.
In all, Proper and Cristo-Munoz are each charged with homicide (two counts), robbery (two counts), burglary, and conspiracy to burglary.
Lancaster city police Detective Eric McCrady filed charges.
Arraignment dates in Lancaster County Court are scheduled for April 13.
Proper and Cristo-Munoz are presumed innocent.