Breon Judon won’t testify in his own defense

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SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — Breon Judon of Hazleton admitted to an investigator he was with Mitchell Dedes on the night Hazleton resident Aaron Reznick was robbed, beaten and left for dead.

Reznick, 29, wanted to purchase crack cocaine, Judon told Hazleton Det. Sgt. David Bunchalk, and he offered his iPhone as collateral because he had no money to offer Dedes.

“(Dedes) gets angry … smiles at me … and points a .44 magnum at (Reznick),” Bunchalk testified Judon told him in a conversation on Aug. 18, 2012.

Dedes, 18, ordered Reznick to strip to see if he was hiding any money and then ordered him into the trunk of his car, Bunchalk testified Judon, 20, told him.

While driving, Judon told Dedes to stop and let Reznick go, that he had already gotten his phone.

“We’re on Carson (Street) … Aaron jumps out … while he’s still rolling, (Dedes) stomps him repeatedly,” Judon told Bunchalk. The two men then parked the car and walked away. Reznick, of Hazleton, died from his injuries nine days later.

Bunchalk was the last of witnesses to be called to testify by prosecutors Friday afternoon before they rested their portion of the case.

Defense attorney Allyson Kacmarski said she subpoenaed Dedes, of Hazleton, to testify as her first witness, but Dedes invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination Friday.

Outside of the ears of the jury, Dedes took the witness stand and said he would not be testifying at Judon’s trial and was returned to the county prison. He has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in connection with Reznick’s death, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 9.

Judon also stood before Luzerne County Judge Richard Hughes and said he would not be testifying in his own defense.

Kacmarski said she may have one other witness she would like to call to testify. Hughes said that would occur Monday morning and then jurors would hear closing arguments by attorneys before being instructed on the law and sent to deliberate Judon’s fate.

Judon told Bunchalk in their conversation together that it was all Dedes’ doing, and that Dedes stomped on Reznick’s head and neck about eight times.

Dedes later shot himself in the foot later to create an alibi, Judon told Bunchalk.

But, in a recorded conversation from within the county prison between Oct. 23 and Nov. 4, 2012, Judon allegedly told a woman that Dedes “didn’t do (expletive).”

Cell phone records from all three men also indicate that Reznick had been communicating with Dedes a number of times before the alleged assault, but that there were no phone calls between Reznick and Judon.

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