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February 6, 1991 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attorney for John Kero, whose alleged theft of a truck and three pairs of shoes at the Franklin Mills mall set off a high-speed chase that left a Bucks County woman dead, argued yesterday that her client should not be tried for criminal homicide. "This is not a murder case," attorney Martha Sperling said at a preliminary hearing for Kero, 31, of North Wales, whose car plowed into that of Jane Dunn, 57, of Churchville, along a narrow road in Warwick Township, Bucks County. Dunn died at the scene of multiple injuries.
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January 15, 2000 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Anthony Marino identified James Galione yesterday as a hammer-wielding assailant in the Bristol Borough street brawl last year that left David M. Albert fatally bludgeoned. Marino, 27, a machinist and musician, was the second witness to testify in Bucks County Court that Galione, 19, was among the attackers in the Wilson Avenue melee early on April 24. Marino said he and his cousin, Joseph Weston, also 27, tried with Albert to flee, with Galione in pursuit, hammer in hand. Albert, 26, was beaten severely in the head that night with a hammer and carpenter's level and died four days later in a hospital.
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February 17, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 5 1/2 years, police suspected that Andrew J. Giamboi had played a role in the disappearance and death of a 14-year-old West Whiteland girl. Investigators said yesterday that their hunch was confirmed Friday when Giamboi, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., admitted he killed Sara Hindle, whose remains were found in a sewer near her home in the Indian King development in August 1999. Giamboi was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault and taken to Chester County Prison. "This is a wonderful example of what can happen when you never give up," said Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll, speaking at a news conference with a dozen jubilant law-enforcement officials.
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June 13, 1986 | By Carole Fleck, Special to The Inquirer
A Southwest Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday and charged with raping and killing a Virginia woman whose badly decomposed body was found in a marsh Monday near Philadelphia International Airport in Delaware County. Tinicum Township police, Philadelphia police and Delaware County detectives arrested Vincent Taraborelli, 29, of the 2500 block of South 69th Street in the Elmwood section, at his home shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday, according to township Police Chief Robert Lythgoe.
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August 15, 2000 | By Kate Herman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Coatesville man charged with criminal homicide in the beating death of his former girlfriend will be formally arraigned next week after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in District Court yesterday. During the proceedings, Robert Thomas Lewis, 39, sat at the front of a small Coatesville courtroom that was filled beyond capacity. Some people who tried to attend were turned away at the door. Lewis was arrested on Aug. 5, a day after authorities discovered the body of Kimberly Mack, 29, in her Coatesville home.
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June 15, 2011
LAKE ARIEL, Pa. - A northeastern Pennsylvania man is accused of fatally striking his newborn with a cinder block twice because he and his girlfriend couldn't afford a second child. Christopher Fitzpatrick, 20, of Lake Ariel, near Scranton, led state police to the baby's body, telling them he killed the baby May 28 because he and his girlfriend, Jennifer Barrise, already had a 1-year-old child and couldn't afford another baby, investigators said. Fitzpatrick and Barrise were arrested Friday.
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August 13, 2010
U.S. marshals on Thursday captured a Coatesville man in the Atlanta area, where he fled after the killing of another Coatesville man on Jan. 5, police said. Dante Lawrence was sought in connection with the shooting death of Randy Vaughn in the 200 block of Diamond Street. District Judge Grover E. Koon issued a warrant for Lawrence's arrest on April 23, charging him with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, and related offenses. The Coatesville Police Department and the Chester County Detectives Office located Lawrence and contacted the U.S. Marshals Service.
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November 10, 1987 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer
A Glenolden man was charged yesterday with criminal homicide for allegedly injecting a one-armed friend with a dose of suspected heroin last week that proved to be accidentally fatal, authorities said. John McKenna, the chief Delaware County detective, said James Joseph Bascelli, 33, of the 100 block of Edgewood Avenue, Folsom, was taken to Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and pronounced dead of a drug overdose. McKenna said Bascelli's right arm had been amputated several years ago after a motor vehicle accident.
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March 21, 1989 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer
A woman who confessed to killing her uncle Saturday in Norristown later told detectives the slaying actually had been done by a man who also had strangled a woman in January, authorities said. Montgomery County Detectives said that Clyde J. Williams, 39, of Norristown, was arrested yesterday and charged with both slayings. They said the reasons for the killings were not immediately clear and remained under investigation. Detectives said the case began to unfold Saturday about 6 a.m. when Vivian Brown, 25, went to the Norristown police station and reported she had killed her uncle, Prentis Curington, 43. They said Brown, Curington and Williams shared a home in the 300 block of East Moore Street.
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February 10, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
An 18-year-old part-time hospital worker was charged yesterday with killing an infant girl by dropping a bowling ball off an overpass, striking the car she was riding in with her family. Calvin Settle, of Jersey City, was charged with criminal homicide after telling police where the ball was dropped. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail. Eight-month-old Natalia Rivera was killed after the bowling ball - a 16- pound Brunswick "Black Beauty" with the inscription "MIKE" - hit her in a child-safety seat in the back of her family's car as they headed home to Brooklyn Sunday night.
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February 11, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Kennett Square man was charged Monday with strangling and beating his girlfriend in her Millersville University dorm room early Sunday. Karlie Hall, 18, of Chadds Ford, was found dead in her room Sunday, police said, after a fight with Gregorio Orrostieta, 19. Orrostieta was charged with criminal homicide Monday afternoon in Lancaster County. An autopsy showed Hall, a freshman, died of strangulation and multiple traumatic injuries, county District Attorney Craig Stedman said at a news conference Monday.
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January 3, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities in Bucks County began 2015 by investigating two violent deaths in the county's lower end - a family argument in Langhorne that allegedly ended with a fatal New Year's Eve stabbing, and the unrelated shooting of a Bensalem woman the next morning in a home she shared with her boyfriend. The first incident, on the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue, occurred about a half-hour before midnight Wednesday. Authorities say 24-year-old Kyle Simpson stabbed his uncle in the abdomen with a black hunting knife.
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November 20, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The amount of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone found in the 2-year-old's blood was triple the level that would kill the average adult, officials said. On Tuesday, the boy's father, Coco Kollie Wallace, 38, of Middletown Township, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Sebastian Wallace and ordered held without bail at the Bucks County Prison. At a news conference in Middletown, officials said three witnesses had affirmed that the father had Oxycodone in his possession when Sebastian Wallace somehow ingested the fatal dose last month.
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September 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County Court judge has thrown out the murder charge against a Bensalem man accused of killing his mother in a failed suicide pact. Ruling Tuesday on a defense motion, Judge Albert Cepparulo dropped charges of criminal homicide and causing a catastrophe against Gus Yiambilis, but left intact charges of aiding in a suicide, risking a catastrophe, and recklessly endangering another person. Attorney William Goldman, who represents Yiambilis and argued that the son showed no malice, said the parties were working on a plea deal.
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August 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County man has been charged with homicide after a 74-year-old man he allegedly beat up in a bar parking lot over a fender-bender in May died of his injuries. Kevin Fitzgerald Kenny, 49, of Fairless Hills, was arraigned Monday in Falls Township on a general count of criminal homicide, the grade of which will be determined in court, and related charges. District Judge Jan Vislosky sent him to the Bucks County prison with bail set at $5 million. John Fleisch, 74, of Fairless Hills, died July 26 at a hospice.
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May 22, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jermaine Jackson, the Trenton man accused of masterminding a plot that left Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro dead, was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Jackson, 21, was not accused of shooting DeGennaro, who died from a shotgun blast to the chest in December 2011, but of developing a plan to rob him that turned fatal when two gunmen opened fire after entering the musician's home. By law, participants in felony crimes involving murder can be convicted of criminal homicide.
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February 22, 2013
Nafis K. Janey, 20, of Brookhaven, Delaware County, has been charged along with four others in the Jan. 25 slaying of alleged drug dealer Jamal Scott in West Chester, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. The charges against Janey, of the 1400 block of Elson Road, and the four others - Anthony J. Brightwell, 24; Sergio J. Droz, 20; Tyrone Palmer, 21; and Calvin I. Thompson, all of Chester City - include criminal homicide. "The five defendants came to West Chester planning to rob a drug dealer," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.
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February 19, 2013
EASTON - Two Allentown men were ordered Monday to stand trial in a shootout at a social club that killed a woman and injured five other people. A Northampton County judge ruled that prosecutors had enough evidence against Rene Figueroa, 32, and Javier Rivera-Alvarado, 40, for the case to move to county court, the Easton Express-Times reported. Figueroa is charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Yolanda Morales, 23. Rivera-Alvarado is charged with attempted homicide and related offenses.
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February 14, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Rita Giordano, and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
For decades, Matthew White was remembered as the starting center on the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 basketball team, a fabled squad that captured the region's imagination by making the NCAA semifinals. But early Monday, White's life came to an unexpected end after his wife, Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, allegedly stabbed him in the neck while he was asleep. She did so, she reportedly told police, because she caught him viewing pornography. The crime stunned White's former teammates and coaches, several of whom he had stayed in touch with since his days on the Quakers.
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February 13, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Rita Giordano, and Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
For decades, Matthew White was remembered as the starting center on the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 basketball team, a fabled squad that captured the region's imagination by making the NCAA semifinals. But early Monday, White's life came to an unexpected end after his wife, Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, allegedly stabbed him in the neck while he was asleep. She did so, she reportedly told police, because she caught him viewing pornography. The crime stunned White's former teammates and coaches, several of whom he had stayed in touch with since his days on the Quakers.
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