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Guilty plea entered in shooting death
By Duane Good, EDITOR



Murphy

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 plea agreement.

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 of self-defense.

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.)

 




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