Published On: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

Jason T Smith identified as murderer in Melissa Ketunuti case

A 36-year-old man was charged Thursday morning in the killing of a pediatrician who was found bound and burned inside her downtown Philadelphia home.

Sources have confirmed to The Global Dispatch that the man was taken into police custody Wednesday after being captured on surveillance near 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti’s house around the time of her slaying.

The suspect is an exterminator who had a job scheduled in the area and allegedly followed Ketunuti to her home and then attacked her inside of the home.

The video was reviewed which led police to the man’s truck where more evidence was discovered.

CBS 3 reporter Walt Hunter says that Smith confessed to the crime and sources say that Smith told investigators that he committed the crime because he felt like Ketunuti was disrespecting him and was making fun of him.

Investigators say the cause of death was likely strangulation: a rope had been found around her neck. Investigators also say Ketunuti’s wrists and ankles were tied behind her back.

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  1. Melissa Ketunuti murder case update: Jason Smith motive and her family’s statement - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Melissa Ketunuti’s murder earlier this week was both shocking and brutal. Authorities are now revealing more details, including a motive for Jason T. Smith to kill the Philadelphia doctor. […]

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