Pa. man charged with killing 87-year-old woman

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in central Pennsylvania say a man fatally stabbed an 87-year-old relative of a witness in a sexual assault case against him.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico announced charges Tuesday against 29-year-old DaJuan Porter. He says Porter broke into the Derry Township home early on June 11 and stabbed Joyce Roth as she slept.

Roth, from South Whitehall Township outside Allentown, was staying at her son’s home to attend her great-granddaughter’s high school graduation. Marsico says Porter killed Roth and set fire to another home last week to try to frighten witnesses from testifying against him in the sexual assault case.

Porter was free on unsecured bail when he allegedly killed Roth.

He’s in Dauphin County Prison on charges of first-degree murder, arson and witness intimidation.

The Associated Press left a message for his public defender.

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