A Somerset man charged with moving a deceased man's body out of his apartment had his bail reduced at a hearing Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson.
Michael T. Moore, 37, Stoystown Road, is accused of moving the body of Frankie Allen Sass, 53, from his apartment to a location in Somerset Borough.
Sass was reported missing on Jan. 23. State police said Sass was a known drug user who had disappeared in the past. On Jan. 27 a man told police he was contacted by Moore and his girlfriend to help move Sass out of their apartment. Sass' body was found in his vehicle in Somerset Borough later that day.
An autopsy was conducted at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. The cause of death is under investigation, but foul play probably was not involved, Coroner Wallace Miller said in a previous interview.
The man who contacted police said he was told Sass was drunk and unconscious, police said.
The man said Moore told him if he said anything, he would "dig a hole."
Moore's girlfriend told police that Sass showed up at their apartment and was later found dead. They contacted a friend, who helped load the body into Sass' vehicle. Police said Moore and his girlfriend transported the body into the borough, wiped down the truck, threw the keys inside and locked the vehicle. The pair then walked back to the apartment.
Later that day Moore was arrested and arraigned before Confluence District Judge Sandra Stevanus on charges of abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating evidence, terroristic threats and intimidation of victims. His bond was set at $50,000.
On Tuesday the case was continued but not before an argument for and against decreasing Moore's bail.
"We are asking you to modify that bail substantially down," said his attorney, William Carroll of Somerset.