Man accused of prof’s death wants confession suppressed

BELLEFONTE (AP) — A man charged in the death of a Penn State professor who police say was pushed off a cliff at a quarry and fell 80 feet is seeking to have his confession suppressed.

The Centre Daily Times reported lawyers for George Ishler Jr. filed a motion Monday seeking to suppress a statement Ishler made to police on Aug. 18 regarding his role in Ronald Bettig’s death.

The motion states Ishler was not read his Miranda rights, his request for legal counsel was refused and he was told what to say.

Ishler and co-defendant Danelle Geier are accused of luring Bettig to the quarry Aug. 12 with a story about harvesting marijuana. They believe Ishler pushed him while Geier waited in the car with her toddler.

Police said the duo thought they’d inherit money.