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.
Opening Statements Set For Today In Trial of Exterminator Charged With Killing Doctor in Her Center City Home
Defense lawyer Michael Farrell claims there was insufficient probable cause to arrest Smith at the time, and his subsequent ‘blurt out’ statement that ‘she was alive when I left the house,’ and confession to detectives in the homicide unit should not be presented to jurors.
Defense attorney Michael Farrell has filed a motion to suppress the confession that his client, Jason Smith, gave to detectives.
According to a statement read in court, the alleged killer of a Children’s Hospital pediatrician says she pleaded for her life as he strangled her inside her Center City home in January.
Court documents show Jason Smith, accused of murdering a doctor in Center City, plead guilty to exposing himself during a road rage incident on I-95 last year.
“I know what Jason did is a horrible, horrible, thing,” said 59-year-old Kathleen McGrath, of Danboro, as she showed pictures from when she says she dated Sharon Smith; the mother of accused killer, Jason Smith.
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An argument between an exterminator and a center city doctor led to her gruesome death inside the basement of her home, police said Thursday.
Police sources tell CBS Philly that a person of interest was taken into custody Wednesday evening in connection with the murder of a Center City doctor.
A reward of $35,000 is now being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for the gruesome murder of a doctor who was found bound and burned inside her Center City apartment earlier this week.
But, they say 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti’s body was on fire, found by her dog walker, in the basement of her row-home along the 1700 block of Naudain Street.