Soldier: I hid evidence, but teen girlfriend killed her mom

The 15-year-old girl, in a beige prison jumpsuit and with her long blonde hair down around her face, spoke with a slight lisp as she repeatedly said she wanted her mother dead, pushed Barnes to do the killing, and helped dispose of the body.

In a surprise move, prosecutors rested their case Thursday without calling Barnes' girlfriend, Jamie Silvonek. In an attack that prosecutors say last 20 minutes, the 54-year-old mother of two was also beaten and strangled in the driveway of her Randi Lane home on March 15, 2015.

Barnes testified that Silvonek told him she was pregnant.

But Caleb Barnes, 21, denied all of it on Tuesday as his trial for the murder of Cheryl Silvonek opened in Pennsylvania's Lehigh County Court in front of a packed gallery.

Investigators have said they recovered deleted text messages between her and Barnes in which the teen was plotting her mother's killing, including one that read: "I want her gone". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

'This girl just killed her mom, but she's having my baby.

Bollinger said the blood pattern was consistent with Cheryl Silvonek being seated in the driver's seat when she was stabbed in the throat, and the person holding the knife positioned behind her and to the right.

Barnes, 22, is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and statutory sexual assault, and faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

"He is not coming to this house", Cheryl Silvonek texted to her daughter, who had taken the SAT college entrance exam that morning, according to a police affidavit.

Silvonek was 14 at the time of killing and pleaded guilty in February. There is no sugarcoating it and there is absolutely no sympathy, ' the girl told the court. The 15 year old had agreed to testify against Barnes as part of a plea deal. "She killed her own mother".

"I believe what I did was just as bad or worse than the physical act", she said.

Authorities said the slaying occurred as the mother sat in her SUV with the couple after driving them to a Breaking Benjamin concert in Scranton, trying to persuade them to end their relationship because of their age difference.

They then attempted to clean up the vehicle, drove it to nearby South Whitehall and buried Silvonek in a shallow grave.

After Cheryl Silvonek left the vehicle and went inside, Barnes and her daughter woke up and had sex in the auto, Barnes told detectives.

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