The Levittown, Pa. man charged with killing a doctor in her center city home in 2013 has completed his time on the witness stand.
Jason Smith is accused of strangling Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, then setting her body on fire in the basement of her Naudain Street home.
Defense attorney Michael Farrell has filed a motion to suppress the confession that his client, Jason Smith, gave to detectives.
Victim John Paul was shot and killed when he confronted the intruders in March 2012, and his wife Sherrell was shot nearly a dozen times and left for dead. She survived.
Defense attorney William Hobson argued that defendant Griffin Campbell, the demoliton contractor on the site that day, is no danger to the community and no risk of flight.
A judge sided with an earlier court ruling that the evidence shows the two defendants acted together in a risky manner, resulting in the death of six people.
A North Philadelphia woman, shot over a dozen times during a home invasion in which her husband was killed, testified to the early morning carnage inside her Cecil B. Moore Avenue home last March.
Prosecutor Jennifer Selber told jurors that security video of the newly opened “Piazza Navona” apartment building in Northern Liberties showed all of the defendants in three stages: a bungled burglary, a dropped drug deal, and a robbery gone bad that turned into a double murder.
The judge says he would like to seat a panel and begin opening statements on Monday.
A Philadelphia jury has found a father and two social service agency workers guilty in connection to the neglect and starvation death of Danieal Kelly, 14, who weighed just 42 lbs. when she died. All three defendants had pleaded not guilty.