Bucks man gets life for killing homeless vet

Posted: June 07, 2014

A Bucks County man will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing a homeless man to death in Doylestown last summer.

Dale Wakefield, 21, pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court on Thursday to first-degree murder in the killing of George Mohr, a 71-year-old Army veteran. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty but withdrew it after Wakefield's guilty plea, said Michelle Henry, first assistant district attorney.

Wakefield stabbed Mohr near the Doylestown SEPTA station early July 3, the day after his 21st birthday. He then fled to Baltimore, where his sister attends college. Police arrested him there, but a detention center mistakenly released him days later. He was recaptured.

Wakefield's sister, Wendy, testified at his preliminary hearing in September that he had told her he "just snapped" before the stabbing, claiming that Mohr shoved him after repeatedly asking him for money.


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