September 23, 2016 |
Police last year found Temple University student Agatha Hall in her North Philadelphia apartment with a gun beside her body, a gunshot wound to her head, and a bullet hole in the wall. Did the 21-year-old commit suicide, or was she killed? Lawyers began sparring over that question before a Common Pleas Court jury Wednesday as the murder trial began for Hall's former boyfriend, Brandon Meade. Prosecutors, led by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano, have alleged that Meade, 30, fired his 9mm handgun at Hall, then staged the scene in her bedroom to look like a suicide.
August 14, 2016 |
A Burlington County woman and her son, killed by her husband in a murder-suicide this week, will be remembered at a memorial service Sunday. MaShanda Johnson, 48, of Burlington Township, and Ruben "Tré" Johnson III, 10, were shot by her husband, Ruben Johnson Jr., Monday night before he turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings, which stunned neighbors and friends. The couple had financial problems and a troubled marriage, friends say. Their $500,000 home on Sunflower Circle, purchased in 2005, was up for sheriff's sale in October, records say. Neighbors recalled MaShanda Johnson as a doting mother of two. A daughter, LoraVon, 23, lives in Florida.
August 11, 2016 |
Several years ago, Mashanda Johnson began warning a childhood friend that "if something ever happens to me, it's going to be Ruben. " Her worst fears came true Monday night in a quiet Burlington County town. Police say Ruben Johnson Jr., 50, fatally shot his wife, 48, and their son, 10, in the couple's Burlington Township home, and then turned the gun on himself. Moments before, Ruben Johnson had called his brother and said, "I just killed my family. I'm about to kill myself.
August 9, 2016 |
Five family members, including a 2-year-old toddler, were found dead in their home in a small Pennsylvania town in what authorities are describing as an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities discovered the bodies Saturday afternoon in the family's home in the Berks County town of Sinking Spring, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia, according to the Berks County District Attorney's Office. The victims, who all died of gunshot wounds, were identified by the District Attorney's Office Sunday as Mark Short, 40, his wife, Megan, 33, and their children Lianna, 8, Mark Jr., 5, and Willow, 2. Officials say the family dog was also shot and killed.
June 20, 2016 |
A renowned forensic pathologist concluded that John P. Sheridan and his wife more likely were brutally slain by an intruder and that the Somerset County prosecutor misinterpreted evidence in the high-profile investigation. The findings by Michael Baden, detailed in a 15-page affidavit obtained by the Inquirer, offer a harrowing interpretation of the last moments of Sheridan and wife Joyce, who were found dead Sept. 28, 2014, inside their Montgomery Township, N.J., home. Instead of a murder-suicide carried out by John Sheridan, as the prosecutor concluded, Baden found that the CEO of Cooper Health System and his wife, a retired teacher, more likely were preyed upon by a man who killed them and then set a fire to destroy the evidence.
April 7, 2016 |
A son of the late Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan has been indicted on a single count of drug possession for cocaine found in his car the day his parents died in 2014. Matthew Sheridan, 41, of Montgomery Township, Somerset County, had been arrested Sept. 28, 2014, after authorities searched his vehicle at the family's home and found cocaine and a scale in the car, according to law enforcement records. Early that morning, his parents were found dead, both stabbed, in the couple's master bedroom that intentionally had been set on fire.
November 13, 2015
* Mershon Street near Devereaux Avenue, Mayfair A Mayfair man was clinging to life last night after he allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Officers were called to the pair's house just after 7 a.m., police said. A 9-year-old girl, the female victim's daughter from a previous relationship, had dialed 9-1-1. The girl had heard the adults arguing, followed by a loud bang, she later told detectives. When she went to investigate, she found her mother lying on the floor, screaming for her to get help, according to a police source.
November 2, 2015 |
Somerset County officials prematurely closed the investigation into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System's CEO and his wife, according to two independent experts who examined bloodstains, charred debris, and burns inside the couple's Montgomery Township, N.J., home. The two investigators, former Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks and retired Philadelphia fire marshal Thomas Schneiders - with more than seven decades of combined experience - studied the home of John and Joyce Sheridan for four hours last month at The Inquirer's request.
October 5, 2015 |
Gloucester County officials are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Deptford Township couple Saturday morning. Police received a 911 call at 8:17 a.m. from a 67-year-old man reporting a shooting in the couple's residence in Heritage, an age-restricted community. When police responded, officers found the man and his 72-year-old wife mortally wounded. The man was transported to Inspira Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. His wife, who was taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden, was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m. Authorities were trying to reach family members and did not identify the couple.
June 16, 2015 |
Two men found shot Saturday afternoon in a Harrowgate rowhouse in Northeast Philadelphia after a standoff with officers died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Sunday. The men, whose names were not released by investigators, were found with gunshot wounds to the head about 4 p.m. Saturday in the dining room of the house in the 3500 block of Emerald Street, three blocks southeast of the Tioga El station. No officers fired their guns during the standoff, and homicide detectives continue to investigate, police said.