Michael Marchalk faces judge today, accused of killing his father

Eyewitness News spoke with him this afternoon.

FRACKVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The man accused of beating his father to death faced a judge in Schuylkill County today.

37-year-old Michael Marchalk is charged with beating his father, Gary, to death with a baseball bat at their Barnsville home on June 18th, Father's Day.

Gary was a prominent family law attorney.

Security sensors show Marchalk was in the home for less than ten minutes when the beating took place. He was picked up days later in New Jersey.

Family members told police Michael has a history with drug abuse.

"I'd just like to say I'm sorry for what I did," says Marchalk. "I don't have an excuse. If I could trade my own life for his right now, I would."

Marchalk's preliminary hearing has been set for July 20th.


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