Murder trial for Penn State professor begins

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Monday morning’s testimony mainly focused on Ronald Bettig’s character and how he was acting prior to his death. 

Both Bettig’s brother and a neighbor testified the professor had been struggling his with mental health, but he started to get better when Danelle Geier and her son moved in. 

His brother also said Bettig was a kind man who wanted to help people, so he wasn’t extremely surprised when he heard Geier was living with Bettig. 

Bettig’s brother became emotional in court when he talked about his phone conversation with Geier after his brother went missing, and she referred to Bettig in the past tense at one point — which made him concerned. 

Multiple law enforcement officers took the stand Monday to testify and said both suspects were nervous when questioned.

When Bettig was still considered a missing person, a State College police detective said he questioned Danelle Geier She confirmed Bettig was her boyfriend but did not know where he could be. The detective said that was concerning and Geier seemed nervous. 

The detective then spoke George Ishler, who changed his story as the conversation went on. Ishler’s defense attorney argued that the detective made him feel nervous and like he was being made out to be a bad person. 

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