Philadelphia police have charged a 25-year-old man with killing two Holmesburg women in their home Saturday, Homicide Capt. James Clark said.
James Mears, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder, robbery, and related offenses, he said. He has confessed and is cooperating with police, Clark said.
Clark said Mears was a houseguest of Dollie Evans, 67, and had been staying at her home on the 4700 block of Vista Street for three or four months. Ruby Thomas, 59, also lived in the house.
Evans, a grandmother and a longtime resident of Vista Street, was a well-known, friendly presence on her block, neighbors have said. Thomas, also a grandmother, had been staying with her for several months.