Guilty plea entered in
By Duane Good, EDITOR
Gina A. Murphy, the
Williamstown woman accused in the 2012
shooting death of her former husband,
entered guilty pleas last week to
third-degree murder and other charges.
As part of an agreement,
Murphy entered the pleas in Dauphin
County Court, where she is scheduled to
be sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.
She also pleaded on charges of tampering
with physical evidence, false swearing
and unsworn falsification.
Judge Todd A. Hoover
ordered a presentence investigation and
will have the final say on sentencing.
The plea agreement did not include
sentencing recommendations, according to
Francis Chardo, Dauphin County’s first
assistant district attorney.
Murphy originally had claimed
self-defense after killing Daniel Murphy the
night of Aug. 20, 2012 at a residence on East
Market Street that both people were sharing at
the time. She had said the victim threatened
her with a knife.
Chardo said 12 members of Daniel
Murphy’s family were present when the defendant
entered her pleas. He said they consented to the
Background. A grand jury had
recommended murder and other charges against
Gina Murphy in late January 2013.
The jury said it believed Murphy
had tampered with evidence in connection with
the incident and made false statements to the
police about what had happened the night Daniel
Murphy was killed.
After an autopsy on the victim
and a review of the 911 transcripts and
photographs of the death scene, a forensic
pathologist ruled the shooting a homicide, not
self-defense as Gina Murphy had claimed.
He also maintained that the type
of gunshot wound the victim had sustained would
not have supported the woman’s claim that she
administered CPR after shooting him.
In addition, the grand jury said
it believed Gina Murphy had positioned a knife
near Daniel Murphy’s body to bolster her claim
Finally, it believed the woman
had lied to government officials about still
being married to Daniel Murphy in order to
obtain a deed to the house where she and the
victim had been living at the time of the
shooting. (The couple had divorced several years
prior to the incident.)