PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police have filed charges against the boyfriend of a woman found dead in her Aliquippa home Friday.
The Beaver County Times reports that 58-year-old James Turner Jr. has been charged with criminal homicide.
Patricia Thompson Lay was discovered dead in her Adams Street home by her daughter Friday afternoon. Her body was found in the kitchen.
Lay has four adult children — three daughters and a son. She reportedly lived in the house alone.
“I’m devastated, for real, I was her favorite nephew, I used to check up on her all the time,” said Lay’s nephew Snidy Lay.
Aliquippa Police Chief Donald Couch told reporters Friday night that Turner was brought into the police station by his son, and he was cooperating with investigators.
“She was a good person, kind hearted,” said her brother James Lay. “That’s why I can’t see why this would happen, because she would give you the shirt off her back. You know, she was a very kind hearted person. She was a healthcare worker herself, before she got ill. She was — had to retire because of Lupus.”
Police said Lay’s car, a green Cadillac, was also reported missing. They eventually found it in Sewickley, where police said it had run out of gas.
According to the Beaver County Times, Turner has a preliminary hearing Aug. 26.
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