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Cousin Charged with Keeffe Murders

Four years after a prominent attorney and his wife were shot and killed in Bradford County, state police have made an arrest.

Handcuffed and escorted by state police, John DeSisti, 73, of Waverly, New York was quiet Wednesday afternoon on his way out of the state police barracks near Towanda.

According to investigators, DeSisti was the one who shocked the Athens and Sayre communities in November, 2006, killing David and Carol Keeffe in cold blood. Police said he ambushed the couple in their garage with a shotgun.

David Keeffe was president of the Bradford County Bar Association and a prominent attorney. His wife, Carol, was DeSisti's cousin.

Their bodies were discovered inside the garage of their near Sayre. The killings shocked the community and people wondered who would gun down the Keeffes.

According to a news release, DeSisti and the Keeffes had a long-running dispute over several acres of land. However, the investigation continued for months. Months turned into years.

A grand jury began hearing testimony in March, 2009, finally recommending DeSisti be charged with the two murders.

The grand jury pointed to blood evidence found on a boot belonging to John DeSisti. That connected him with the Keeffes' shocking deaths, leading to the arrest after four long years.

David VanDewark lives down the road from the Keeffe's home.

He said he's glad to see an arrest made in the four year old murder investigation of his two long-time friends.

"I was out here on the machine cutting wood and stuff and said they had found who did it. I couldn't believe it," said VanDewark. "I didn't think they'd catch anyone. It's been four years and you just couldn't believe it."

VanDewark says it's still hard not seeing the Keefe's, people he knew and saw everyday for more than 20 years. "I knew Keeffe and them for nearly 25 years," said VanDewark. "You know, he always, Keeffe always walked up and down the road everyday."


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