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Bedford County Man Charged with Murder

State police say a Bedford man who was charged with murder over the weekend is accused of shooting his cousin twice before dragging his body to a hole, burying his body under tires and burning his body after dousing him with kerosene.

Derek Louk faces first and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and other related charges, according to the criminal complaint related to the case.

State police announced the charges Saturday related to the homicide that happened in the Louks Lane area of Cumberland Valley Township April 26.

Troopers say they received an anonymous tip Wednesday about the possible murder of Tyler Matthai.

The tip reportedly states that Louk had struck his cousin Matthai while Matthai was attacking his girlfriend.

Troopers say the tip explained that Matthai had died and they had burned his body.

Investigators say they learned that Matthai and his girlfriend had been staying with her grandmother, but no one had heard from Matthai for several weeks.

Troopers reached out to the grandmother who told them that Matthai hadn’t been staying with her and her granddaughter had moved out in March.

The grandmother agreed to do an interview with investigators which was conducted Friday.

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