EDWARDSVILLE (AP) _ A suspected heroin dealer told police that her husband and teenage daughter and niece beat a retiree to death during a 2005 robbery, authorities said.

The death of Peter Lach, 72, had gone unsolved until Andrea Bidding implicated her family members this month following her arrest in a drug case, police in northeastern Pennsylvania said. Bidding had previously borrowed money from the victim, and knew he kept cash on hand, police said.

The trio — her husband, Anthony, and the two girls, then 15 — broke into the home and assaulted Lach when he confronted them in the garage, police said. They broke several of his ribs and took $100 from his wallet, then tied him up and left.

Lach was not found for 12 hours, when former co-workers used to his daily visits grew concerned. He died of pneumonia in a hospital five days later.

"He's dead for 100 bucks," Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll said. "They knew he had money. They knew he lived alone. They knew he was a source of cash."

Anthony Bidding gave each girl $8 after the October 2005 attack, police said in an affidavit.

On Tuesday, they charged the 37-year-old Exeter man, along with the daughter, 18-year-old Erica Legg, and the niece, 18-year-old Gabrielle Thomas, with criminal homicide and other offenses.

They were being held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail, and it was not immediately clear if they had lawyers.

Police said it was unclear what charges Andrea Bidding might face. A listed number for her could not be found and it was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney.

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