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Case of boyfriend’s stabbing death heads to trial

April 1, 2019

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing his boyfriend to death in Pennsylvania has waived a preliminary hearing on a homicide charge.

Thirty-eight-year-old Matthew VanZandt appeared in court Monday in Lancaster County to waive the hearing, sending his case to county court for trial.

Authorities allege that VanZandt was covered in blood and walked into an Allentown hospital in March and told staffers he had stabbed his boyfriend to death. They allege he told a hospital security guard that the knife he used was in his backpack.

Authorities said the body of 31-year-old Ian Shannon was found in a Lancaster home. Investigators have said the homicide followed an argument that began when Shannon said he wanted to end their relationship. VanZandt’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

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