Richland Man Charged in Burglaries Dies While Awaiting Trial
The Medical Examiner's Office confirms the death of Stephen Paul Hudec, 20, who on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
A 20-year-old Richland man, who was recently charged and held for court in a string of burglaries, has died.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that Stephen Paul Hudec died at 11:42 a.m. Friday. The cause and manner of death have not been determined.
Hudec was charged in a series of crimes in the Pine-Richland area from July through October. Investigators accused him of breaking into homes and cars to steal thousands of dollars worth of electronics, a gun, cash and other items to support his drug addiction, according to court documents.
When he appeared Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge William K. Wagner, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered to stand trial.
Prosecutors withdrew one of the charges against him, but he still faced 31 counts that includes burglary; theft; loitering and prowling at night; receiving stolen property; and conspiracy.
He also faced nearly 40 similar charges in Hampton Township.