The woman whose decomposing body was found inside her Chester apartment Thursday was strangled, and her son has been charged with her murder, Delaware County officials announced Friday.
Joleen Marie Smith, 52, was found by police who were called to the scene check on her welfare. They were met at the scene by a man Patrick Michael Smith, 28. He was taken into custody on parole violations, police said.
He has been charged with first- and third-degree murder and other related crimes, according to Emily Harris, spokesperson for the District Attorney's office.