Two 18-year-olds, one from Nova Scotia, were held today...

FREEHOLD, N.J. -- Two 18-year-olds, one from Nova Scotia, were held today on $250,000 bail, charged with murder in the slaying of the mother and step-father of one of the suspects.

Scott Franz, of Loch Arbour, and Bruce Curtis, of Middletown, Nova Scotia, were held in the Monmouth County Jail, where they were sent after arraignment before Superior Court Judge Thomas Shebell Jr.


The two had waived extradition from Texas, where they were arrested, and were returned to New Jersey late Wednesday night, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Alexander Lehrer Jr.

Franz and Curtis are accused of murdering Alfred Podgis, 58, and his wife, Rosemary, 56, in their Loch Arbour home. Franz, police said, was Mrs. Podgis' son by a previous marriage.

The killings apparently were sparked by a running family dispute, police said. Franz had recently returned home after graduating from Kings-Edgehill school in Nova Scotia.

Authorities say the victims' bodies were found last week in Ravensburg State Park in central Pennsylvania.

Curtis and Franz had been the subjects of a nationwide manhunt after the bodies were identified, and authorities had thought they had been heading for the home of relatives in Fort Worth.


The suspects were picked up Saturday in a Dallas suburb on charges of using a stolen credit card to pay for a motel room and of driving a stolen van with New Jersey license plates.

They had been held in the Dallas County Jail awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

Authorities said that after the killings, Franz and Curtis visited Atlantic City, then went to the World's Fair in Knoxville.

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