- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) - Two people have been charged with homicide and a third with abuse of a corpse following the discovery of a decomposing body in a Pennsylvania apartment.

Police in Allegheny County said the body of Ronald Peless, 51, was found Thursday in McKees Rocks “in an advanced stage of decomposition” wrapped in what appeared to be a blanket tied with electrical cord. The medical examiner’s office said he died of stab wounds to the head, neck, body and extremities.

Authorities said Friday that Robert Davies, 60, and Shelia Wagner, 45, face homicide, conspiracy and evidence-tampering charges, while Wagner and Jeffrey Tyniec, 50, were both charged with abuse of a corpse.

Police said they believe Peless was killed weeks before his body was discovered Thursday by police officers contacted by concerned relatives.

Police interviewed Tyniec because he had been charged with assaulting Peless last month in an apparent argument over a woman, authorities said. He told them that a woman “slashed” Peless with a box cutter, and another man beat him with an iron, and he then helped the pair wrap up the body and secure it with an electrical cord, authorities alleged in a criminal complaint.

WPXI-TV reports that Wagner and Davies both denied involvement as they were led away in handcuffs, Wagner using a profanity to describe the case and adding “I didn’t do no such thing.”

“I didn’t kill him,” Davies told the station. “I didn’t beat him with no iron; I punched him in his mouth.” Asked how the victim died, he said “I don’t know; there was blood all over the room. … I got the hell out of there.”

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Tyniec and a number listed in his name wasn’t in service.


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