Teen Held For Trial In Decapitation DeathAP , Associated Press
Sep. 28, 1987 7:09 PM ET
READING, PA. READING, Pa. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy was ordered Monday to stand trial charges of murder and manslaughter in connection with the decapitation of a 41-year-old man.
District Judge Felix V. Stacherski rejected a motion to throw out Michael Boettlin Jr.'s statements admitting involvement in the death of Stanley Detweiler and denied bail.
Boettlin and John I. Calvaresi, 22, are charged with beheading Detweiler in his apartment July 25 and removing various items when they left.
John C. Carlson, Boettlin's lawyer, argued against the use of a statement Boettlin gave police July 28. Carlson said the statement violated his client's constitutional rights against self-incrimination because it was not obtained properly.
But Stacherski said Boettlin was given the proper Miranda warning before he voluntarily gave the statement to police.
The statement detailed how he met Calvaresi to plan a burglary at the Detweiler apartment. After entering the apartment, the assailants beat Detweiler and then cut off his head.
''John went to the kitchen and got a knife. I was standing there and John came back, and then cut the guy's throat. I still stood there shaking worse. I tried to stop, but it was too late,'' Boettlin said in his statement to police.
Boettlin said after the decapitation, Calvaresi wrote ''REDRUM,'' murder spelled backward on the kitchen wall.
Boettlin is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 23. Calvaresi, who also is being held in Berks County Prison without bail, is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday.