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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 19:50

PA Glass Shop Owner Sentenced to Death in Killings of Mother, Sister, and Aunt

Kevin Murphy, the owner of Ferguson Glass in Saltsburg, PA, has been found guilty and sentenced to death in the 2009 deaths of his mother, sister, and aunt, all three of whom were employees at his shop, according to a representative at the Westmoreland Country District Attorney's (DA) Office of Pennsylvania.

The jury recommended he be sentenced to death on May 7 after deliberating for a few hours. The judge formally sentenced Murphy on May 9.

Murphy, 49, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and criminal homicide in April 2010, one year after the victims, Edith Cora Tietge, 81, Kris Lynn Murphy, 43, and Doris Lee Murphy, 69, were found dead at his Saltsburg, PA-based auto glass shop on April 23, 2009.

The verdict appears not to have impacted Ferguson Glass business. Donald Shondelmyer, an employee of the auto glass shop, has taken over the business, and currently lives with Murphy's former girlfriend, Susan McGuire, who previously had a relationship with Murphy, 52, of Conemaugh Township, Indiana County.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck argued that Murphy was guilty of three counts of first degree murder for fatally shooting his mother, sister and aunt four years ago because they did not approve of his relationship with McGuire, who was married to another man at the time.

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