Trial begins for man in killing of nephew of Montana senator

Thursday, April 11, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Trial has begun in Spokane for a man who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Senator Jon Tester.

The Spokesman-Review reports that 24-year-old John Radavich is charged with killing 35-year-old Robert Tester on Sept. 5, 2016.

Tester was stabbed and beaten to death at his home near Spangle, a small town just south of Spokane.

The case remained unsolved for months until Dec. 26, 2016, when Radavich allegedly called a friend in Texas and admitted to killing Tester.

The defense contends that Radavich went to the home because Robert Tester had abused a 17-yearold girl whom Radavich had recently dated. They also contend that Tester escalated the confrontation.

The trial is expected to last into next week.