By Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his grandmother in southwest Philadelphia over the weekend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports 29-year-old Derrik Dabney was charged Monday in the Saturday evening death of 70-year-old Geraldine McCoy.

Homicide Capt. James Clark says the victim was stabbed more than 30 times after an argument, although he’s not sure what the argument was about. He calls it “vicious and very senseless.”

Police say the victim’s daughter returned to the home just after the crime and called police because she saw her son leaving and suspected something was wrong. Arriving officers found the victim dead in a second-floor bedroom.

Court documents indicate Dabney will be represented by the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which couldn’t be reached for comment Monday evening.


This story has been corrected to show the name of the homicide captain is James Clark, not Derrik Dabney, which is the name of the suspect.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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