BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS)– Authorities in Bucks County say jaw discomfort was a contributing consider what led a client to strongly bludgeon a Bensalem chiropractic practitioner. The child of Dr. James Sowa informed Eyewitness News that his household is still grieving over the death that happened in November, however they're grateful for the authorities making an arrest.
“Today, the offender is charged with criminal homicide,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said.
Joseph O'Boyle, 22, of Bensalem, is charged with an open count of murder, robbery, trespassing, and other charges in connection to the November death of Sowa.
Authorities state O'Boyle had jaw pain and saw the doctor to treat it. However when the discomfort worsened after a check out, O'Boyle challenged Sowa at his Bensalem workplace, where authorities say O'Boyle beat him to death.
“The offender's actions look like a poetic, perverse paradox,” Weintraub stated.
Court files reveal Sowa's jaw was either struck by or rammed into a blunt things numerous times.
“Our proof reveals that the offender struck Dr. Sowa with a blunt object on the back of his head,” Weintraub said, “then extremely beat him about the jaw while he was already crippled, unable to safeguard himself or resist.”
Cops started connecting O'Boyle to the criminal activity after his automobile was caught on a security camera near the murder scene.
“Which permitted us to more type in on Mr. O'Boyle,” Weintraub stated.
Sowa's obituary was posted on the door of his chiropractic office on Friday. It checks out, in part, “He was a selfless dad and hubby who constantly put his household first.”
On the other hand, O'Boyle stays secured in the Bucks County Jail without any bail.
“Somehow got it in his head that this was the cause of his misfortune,” Weintraub said. “And he tragically and criminally took it out on Dr. Sowa, who lost his life as an outcome.”
Authorities say while officers were at the suspect's house throughout the murder examination, the suspect attacked an officer.
O'Boyle's preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 20.
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