According to court documents Richard Laird and Frank Chester were seen leaving a bar with Anthony Milano. Milano body would be found the next day badly beaten
Richard Laird and Frank Chester would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Frank Chester was later resentenced to life in prison
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Parole Number: 5356V
Date of Birth: 09/07/1963
Height: 6′ 01″
Current Location: PHOENIX
Permanent Location: PHOENIX
Committing County: BUCKS
Richard Laird Case
Richard Laird and co-defendant, Frank Chester, met the victim, Anthony Milano, in a bar in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, and all three men left in Milano’s car shortly after the bar closed.
Milano’s bloodied body was discovered in a wooded area the next evening. His skull had been fractured by a blunt instrument, and his throat and head had numerous lacerations. Some of the wounds had been inflicted with such force, and were sufficiently deep, that they resulted in severing two of Milano’s vertebrae. His neck had been lacerated with such force that he was almost decapitated.
Laird and Chester were jointly tried for Milano’s murder. During their trial, both defendants took the witness stand and admitted being present when Milano was killed. However, they each denied intending to kill Milano and insisted that the other had inflicted the fatal wounds. The jury convicted both Laird and Chester of murder in the first, second and third degrees as well as kidnaping, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of crime.3 At the conclusion of the ensuing penalty phase, the jury sentenced both Laird and Chester to death, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court subsequently affirmed both convictions in a single opinion.