Police Request Warrant to Search Ferguson Auto Glass Owner's Home; Investigation into Homicides Continues
April 27, 2009

Police investigating three homicides that occurred in a Pennsylvania auto glass shop last week have asked for a search warrant to obtain DNA evidence from Ferguson Auto Glass owner Kevin Murphy, along with permission to search his home, according to reports from several local papers. At press time, glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine had been unable to obtain a copy of the request for the warrant filed by police.

It also has been reported that the victims all were related to Murphy; Doris Lee Murphy, 69, is reported to be Kevin Murphy's mother, Kris Lynn Murphy, 43, his sister, and Edith Cora Tietge, 81, is reported to be his grandmother. All three were employed at the shop.

Police have requested a warrant to search Murphy's home and some of his belongings and Pennsylvania State Trooper Jeannie Martin told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine this is a common part of an investigation.

"We don't want to search things and then have a defense attorney later say there was no warrant," she said.

Likewise, she said, no suspect has or will be named.

"Even if we did have a suspect, we wouldn't give names out," Martin said.

The request for a warrant was filed originally in District Judge Michael R. Mahady's court in Latrobe, Pa., but was later moved to that of Lawrence J. Franzi in Apollo, Pa.

The bodies of the three deceased women were found on Thursday night at approximately 6 p.m. in the garage of Ferguson Auto Glass. On Friday afternoon, the Westmoreland County coroner's office ruled the deaths homicides. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

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