Man charged in murder of Philadelphia pediatrician

Holy crap. In Philadelphia, a man has been charged with murder for strangling a woman to death, then setting her body on fire: Philadelphia Exterminator Jason Smith Charged in Doctor's Killing.

36-year-old Jason Smith, an exterminator, is accused of strangling and burning the body of Melissa Ketunuti, a doctor and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, after the two got into an argument during an appointment at her home. That is one serious pest control call gone wrong. What the hell happened?

According to police, Smith hit Ketunuti, strangled her with a rope until she passed out, then bound her body and set fire to it in order to destroy evidence. Police were eventually able to identify the suspect by reviewing neighborhood surveillance videos:

Clark said that homicide detectives scoured the neighborhood for surveillance videos from nearby stores and businesses, and through the video identified the suspect.

Smith was spotted on video getting out of the vehicle and following Ketunuti to her home. The man left her home after an hour and was seen on video circling her home.

Detectives drove to Clark's home in Levittown, Pa., outside of Philadelphia where he lives with a girlfriend and her child, on Wednesday night and brought him back to the Philadelphia police station.

A silver Ford truck was towed from Smith's home, which was the same truck spotted on surveillance video Monday in Ketunuti's neighborhood, sources told ABC News affiliate WPVI.

There, he gave statements that led police to charge him with the murders, Clark said.
Smith is charged with murder, possession of an instrument in a crime, abuse of a corpse and causing catastrophe. More here: Philadelphia doctor's alleged killer was on a pest control call, police say.

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