Man who attempted to impersonate dead father in court

Sean Keenan is accused of killing his father before trying to cross the border using his father's ID

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man accused of killing his father at their Orchard Park home was in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

Sean Keenan, 21, is charged with murdering his father John at their Hillsboro Drive home in July. Sean was caught when he attempted to impersonate his dad while trying to cross the border into Canada via the Rainbow Bridge.

The pre-trial hearing on Monday will determine some of the evidence that can be used if the case goes to trial.

“That concerns any statements my client has alleged to made to law enforcement that the People could use during the course of their case. The second issue concerns whether or not my client has to give up a DNA sample. That will be determined by the judge on Wednesday when we come back,” said defense attorney Kevin Spitler.

More than 30 friends and family came out to Sean’s felony hearing for second degree murder in July. It remains unknown why he would allegedly kill his 70-year-old father, who was respected around the world for teaching leadership courses.

Sean’s former girlfriend Nikiya Garza said, “It was wasn’t the best home. It was a troubled home for sure but it’s not our place really to talk about details of any sort. But we know him as a great kid. We were all shocked to hear this. We didn’t know what to think. We still don’t know what to think.”

Police say the father and son lived together in the home, along with Mrs. Keenan, who was in Texas looking after a sick relative and was not home at the time of the murder. The Keenan home was up for sale for more than a half-million dollars at the time John was killed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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