Kast Charged With Juliette Avenue Murder

By Scott Sarvay

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM EST

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Police say a man serving dozens of years for a murder, confessed to another one and that man had his first court appearance on "that" case Thursday morning.

33-year-old Joseph Kast was formally charged with one count of murder.

He's serving 55-years at Indiana State Prison for stabbing Huntington County Building Inspector Earl Bowman to death in 2002.

Fort Wayne Police say he's now confessed to a Summit City homicide from the same year.

Kast allegedly admitted repeatedly stabbing to death 85-year-old Claude Berkshire in his garage at a home on Juliette Avenue in Fort Wayne.

When he talked to Indiana's NewsCenter, he said he wished things had gone differently in his Huntington case.

Kast says, “I think I was wrongfully denied a change of venue back then. And on this one, I'm just waiting to see what happens. And I did request a fast and speedy."

That means he asked for a constitutional right to have a speedy trial.

Kast will have a hearing to set a trial date, on July 15th.




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