Berks man to face court for killing b...

Berks man to face court for killing brother, cutting up body

There are 18 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 20, 2006, titled Berks man to face court for killing brother, cutting up body. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A Berks County man will face homicide and related charges in Northampton County Court for allegedly killing his brother and cutting up the body.

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not a bro killer

Vero Beach, FL

#1 Jul 22, 2006
your a m o r o n !!
anonymous

Springtown, PA

#2 Jul 23, 2006
Yes Steve Austin is a moron !!! Any one who knows him knows this is not the first time he threatened Jonathan or his friends. How about the night Steve came in the garage with a gun and Steve and told every one to get out of HIS GARAGE or someone was getting shot. He just made it count this time thinking his plan worked, and Jonathan was finally out of the picture and his Mom put away. Steve and Jen would have the house and money. By the way his mother was getting the medical treatment she needed not as the Officer stated. The DA better make sure this boy has to suffer as Jonathan did, as Jonathan doesn't have a life anymore. Steve got his way out of trouble all his life, but it better end here.
yes a bro killer

Phillipsburg, NJ

#3 Jul 28, 2006
Steve is a moron and a killer, he has already confessed!
Shame on those who stand behind Steve! HE'S A KILLER, plain and simple.
chris

Northampton, PA

#4 Aug 16, 2006
Besides killing his brother, does anyone have any though of how this killer go his paramedics lincese? did he fight for that too? Look , at least you should be able to trust your paramedics and in this case, he should have had a medical, mental exam before he could take the class. i dont want someone working on me who cut up his brothers arms and legs...to heck with that..who needs paramedics, ill ride myself if my head falls off..
chrissy

United States

#5 Jul 21, 2007
chris wrote:
Besides killing his brother, does anyone have any though of how this killer go his paramedics lincese? did he fight for that too? Look , at least you should be able to trust your paramedics and in this case, he should have had a medical, mental exam before he could take the class. i dont want someone working on me who cut up his brothers arms and legs...to heck with that..who needs paramedics, ill ride myself if my head falls off..
i use to work with steve austin and he would fly off the handle from time to time when he didn't get his way, so in a way this surpises me and in a way it don't, but i do agree, he ass was wiped way to long and he is a moron
Reality in Reading

Douglassville, PA

#6 Jul 29, 2007
Jonathan Austin was a DRUG ADDICT sucking money and the life from his mother and now his brother. Steve was living a good life with a family and a steady, decent job. Shame that Jonathan couldn't control his habit and it ruined Steve, his wife and children's lives also.

Death penalty should be used for drug addicts and child molesters.
yes a bro killer

Mount Bethel, PA

#7 Sep 17, 2007
Reality in Reading wrote:
Jonathan Austin was a DRUG ADDICT sucking money and the life from his mother and now his brother. Steve was living a good life with a family and a steady, decent job. Shame that Jonathan couldn't control his habit and it ruined Steve, his wife and children's lives also.
Death penalty should be used for drug addicts and child molesters.
Steve ruined himself and his life, John didn't ruin it. Did you forget Steve is the one who comitted murder. The death penalty is for murders!
supernut

United States

#8 Jun 11, 2008
Reality in Reading wrote:
Jonathan Austin was a DRUG ADDICT sucking money and the life from his mother and now his brother. Steve was living a good life with a family and a steady, decent job. Shame that Jonathan couldn't control his habit and it ruined Steve, his wife and children's lives also.
Death penalty should be used for drug addicts and child molesters.
you are a idiot. jon didn't ruin Steves life. steve was a ass for as long as i knew who he was.
and i knew jon for a long time and seen fist hand all the stuff steve would pull.i dont think i need o get into that. for all that knew jon could see what his brother steve really was. steve should be putt death and it is sad it did not happen by law. but is god is kind it will be done.it will be done. jon was not blood to me but he was my brother. steve did not deserve to be blood to such a good man. so whoever wote this g.f.y
Melissa

United States

#9 Mar 11, 2009
Reality in Reading wrote:
Jonathan Austin was a DRUG ADDICT sucking money and the life from his mother and now his brother. Steve was living a good life with a family and a steady, decent job. Shame that Jonathan couldn't control his habit and it ruined Steve, his wife and children's lives also.
Death penalty should be used for drug addicts and child molesters.
drug addict? CHILD MOLESTER? where does this idiot get his fricken info? apparently you didn't know these ppl. Steve was always a psychotic ahole who treated his mother like a peice of shit and his brother even worse. and even if he WAS a saint like douchebag is ascertaining he was, HE CUT HIS BROTHER UP AND SCATTERED HIS BODY PARTS!! how dare you even defend that fruit loops character! i hope Steve Austin gets worse treatment then his brother recieved, both in this life and the next and to the asshole that wrote that stupid opinion: you deserve to be where Steve is yourself. anyone who can defend that nut job has to be about frickin looney tunes themselves
Everyone

Uniondale, NY

#10 Mar 26, 2009
Who cares about what this guy did to his brother before he murdered him- the facts are he killed him and then chopped him up and tried hiding his body in random spots. He either deserves the death penalty or life without parole. I think killing murderers gives them an easy out. To the retard who wrote about Jonathon being a drug addict - I highly doubt doing occasional drugs is a cause for murder. Give me a break. Sounds like you are a friend of the murderer? Pretty pathetic you could even think of sticking up for someone who cut up his own flesh and blood on this forum. You should be in jail before you chop up a sibling - wacko.
Amanda

Keansburg, NJ

#11 Sep 22, 2010
I was friends with Johnny A and miss him terribly he loved him mom and his friends and never deserved what he got from his brother ya Johnny liked to party he also liked what some people called weird music and movies but was not disrespectful or harmful I love u and miss u Johnny I will never stop thinking of u
Good Old Girl From TENN

Morristown, TN

#12 Nov 8, 2010
I met john john throw my dauther, and I did"t think he was a bad kid at all> every child partys as his brother did also .I think stave should get the deathsencnce. If john had to go throw such trorcher so should his brother!!!!!!! john was a very nice kid would do any thing for any one. his brother need no merrsey from the courts he needs not to live either . wither he has kids or not john took care of his mother stave did"t. its a shame how this young boy had to die at the hands of a sicopath.john will alway be remberd. by my children as a good kid . let the monster who killed him. suffer. on death row!!!!!!!!!! A very sad mother with to sad children over this!!!!!!!!!!
goodie to shoes

Morristown, TN

#13 Nov 17, 2010
thay should let the public wacth while thay hang this guy and do what he did to his bbother john! and let his head hang from a tree in front of the court house .that would even be to good of a deal for him. i feel so ssorry for the judge and jury who haveto take this case. If i was the jude i would'nt let him barriien no how .let him see every picthr that he did to his broyher so he has night mares the rest of the time he has here on earth! i hope he gets the death pentelty! I do feel for his wife and his child and his poor mother.what is this lady going to tell her child when she or he grows up your daddys a killer maybe she shoulded say a thingf excpt daddy passed away prouble the best thing for her andthe child ! oooo and that poor mother!!!! what is she thinking my prays go out to them and to the judge and jury!!!!!!
BIG Lester

Reading, PA

#14 Nov 17, 2010
HANG HIM FROM HIS BALLS AND STONE HIM IN THE CENTER OF TOWN.
Good Old Girl From TENN

Morristown, TN

#15 Nov 28, 2010
YOU got that right ! big Lester!!!!
MVicious

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Mar 18, 2011
Jon Austin was one of the best friends you could ever have. He would give you the shirt off of his back. When Stephen took his life, he took a part of me. A respone to Reality in Reading ! It's pretty clear you never even knew Jon and prob. should kill yourself ! Smash you're face with a crowbar and then strangle yourself! Yes! I think you are a scumbag! I would love to watch Stephen die like Jon did. Jon ! I miss you so much. I couldn't of asked for a better friend.
megan

Douglassville, PA

#17 Nov 5, 2012
WTF!
gloryusOne

Kingston, PA

#18 Dec 26, 2014
Jon Austin was a good friend of my son's and spent time in my home with a group of young people. He was always quiet, respectful, and good-natured. My son said that he was a good person, and very giving; and that he knew Steve well, also. He told me that Steve was a "creep" and that he treated his mother and Jon terribly. Steve had a serious problem with his mother over the willing of her estate, fearing that she would pass on and leave the home to Jon. Steve didn't want Jon to share in any part of it, citing the fact that he worked hard and deserved it while his brother played drums and partied. Steve always displayed hatred for his younger sibling, and my son witnessed this several times over. He said that he never wanted anything to do with Steve due to that fact. I hope that at this late date, Steve Austin never sees parole. He deserves life or the death sentence as much as any murderer.

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