- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities say a roofing contractor has been charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia a week ago.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against 39-year-old Luis Cruz, alleging that a dispute over work done on the victim’s home led to the murder of 43-year-old Joslyn Morgan.

Morgan’s body was found in the vehicle’s rear cargo area after fire crews extinguished the Jan. 21 fire. He had a gunshot wound to the forehead and a stab wound to the neck.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement that the defendant “appears to have taken a man’s life over an argument about the quality of his roofing work.” Cruz was charged with murder, arson, weapons offenses, abuse of a corpse and evidence-tampering. Authorities allege that he apparently tried “to dismember the victim’s body and destroy the remains.”

Cruz remains in custody pending a Feb. 12 preliminary hearing; court documents don’t list a defense attorney.



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