- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) - The former boyfriend of a woman found strangled in her southeastern Pennsylvania home, who authorities said was arrested in Florida while driving a car used by the victim, has been charged with murder in her death.

De-Schae Lowry, 38, of Upper Darby was charged Thursday with criminal homicide and first- and third-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Masako Griffin, a mother of two.

Authorities said Griffin’s body was found Aug. 3 in the bedroom of her Upper Darby home with a piece of cloth covering her face. They said Lowry turned himself in to Florida law enforcement officials in Jacksonville, Florida, while driving a car registered to Griffin’s mother but used by the victim.

Police said Florida authorities told them that Lowry said he had found the body of the victim, who he referred to as his wife, The Delaware County Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1u6oDff ) reported.

“When I got off work on Friday, I went home and found my wife murdered in Philadelphia,” Lowry told Deputy Sheriff Scott Williams, according to charging documents filed by Upper Darby police.

Williams contacted Upper Darby police and told them that Lowry had been taken to a hospital for treatment of self-inflicted wounds and there was a large amount of blood in the vehicle, authorities in Pennsylvania said. He was held on a driving under the influence charge and waived extradition back to Pennsylvania on charges related to the vehicle.

Superintendent Michael Chitwood said police had been called to the home a number of times following domestic disputes. He said Griffin had taken out protection-from-abuse orders against the defendant five times since 2008.

Lowry remained in custody pending a Sept. 26 preliminary hearing; court documents don’t list an attorney representing him.


Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, https://www.delcotimes.com

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