Man charged in the brutal beating death of Bensalem Township chiropractor – Bucks Local News

8January 2021

BENSALEM > > A 22-year-old Bensalem guy is being charged with killing Dr. James Sowa on Nov. 2 inside the chiropractor's home office in Bensalem, Bucks County, District Attorney Matt Weintraub revealed Friday, Jan. 8.

Joseph O'Boyle, of Bensalem, was charged with one count of criminal homicide, robbery, criminal trespass, and possession of an instrument of criminal activity, according to a presentment provided by an examining county grand jury on Thursday, Jan. 7. The charges were approved by Supervising Judge Raymond F. McHugh.

Dr. Sowa, 64, was discovered dead after authorities responded to a 3:40 p.m. medical call at his home and chiropractic office, located at 3161 Hulmeville Road, on Nov. 2, 2020.

The 40-page presentment details testament from numerous witnesses and evidence that alleges O'Boyle went into Dr. Sowa's chiropractic office on Nov. 2, without a consultation, and attacked Dr. Sowa by striking him on the back of the head with a blunt object.

While Dr. Sowa was disarmed on the floor, O'Boyle consistently struck Dr. Sowa's jaw location with a blunt things or rammed his jaw area with a blunt object. Those blows caused Dr. Sowa's death.

Dr. Sowa's records showed O'Boyle had actually been a patient of his in September 2020, and witnesses testified O'Boyle was disturbed about the treatment he got that day for jaw discomfort.

O'Boyle, who is presently in Bucks County Correctional Facility without bail, will be arraigned on Jan. 8.

Through their investigation, detectives with the Bensalem Police Department and the Bucks County District Attorney's Office were able to determine Dr. Sowa's last known contact with anybody was at 7:52 a.m., on Nov. 2, when he talked to his other half on the phone. The examination discovered that Dr. Sowa started missing out on a number of service and individual calls, starting around 9:49 a.m. that day.

Detectives reviewed monitoring cameras in the location, which showed the subject strolling up the driveway to Dr. Sowa's house, vanishing at 8:32 a.m., and re-emerging from where he vanished less than a minute later. He then ran back down the driveway and fled.

Through security video, he was linked to a white Nissan Altima. Monitoring video cameras also caught the Altima's license plate number, which was registered to 2255 Byberry Road.

Bensalem cops records discovered an action to that house months previously when O'Boyle supposedly punched his dad because O'Boyle declined to take his anxiety medication.

Detectives gotten and were serving a search warrant at O'Boyle's residence on Nov. 10 when they observed a luggage packed with clothes on the flooring of O'Boyle's bed room. Without provocation, O'Boyle lunged at a Bensalem investigator and struck his head multiple times with a closed fist.

The assault was witnessed by numerous police officers who took O'Boyle into custody. He has actually been in county prison since that day, charged with two counts of exacerbated assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another individual, withstanding arrest and simple attack in that case.

A district judge at the time rejected him bail due to the fact that he was the topic of a murder investigation, had violent tendencies and was a flight danger.

The murder was examined by the Bensalem Police Department and Bucks County Detectives. Deputy District Attorney Megan Hunsicker and Assistant District Attorney Christine Sassane will be prosecuting the case.Source: buckslocalnews.com

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