Man held for trial in strangulation death

A West Chester man accused in the stangulation death of a neighbor was held for trial today on all charges, including murder and robbery.

Jorge Davila, 39, is accused of "hog-tying" and suffocating Augusto B. Rivera, 86, who lived alone at the Apartments for Modern Living in the 200 block of South Matlack 86-A West Chester man accused in the stangulation death .

Jorge Davila

Police said Davila had lived for about four months in the 100 block of East Union Street, around the corner from Rivera's apartment. Multiple people who knew both men said that Davila and Rivera often had coffee together and that Rivera had loaned Davila $400 and that Rivera had declined to loan him additional funds until he was paid back.

Court records show that Davila, also known as Jose Rivera, Jorge Davila Mercado, and George Davila, has an extensive Philadelphia arrest record dating to 2000, including convictions for robbery and retail theft. Magisterial District Judge Gwenn Knapp, who presided over Davila's preliminary hearing, set a formal arraignment date of Sept. 1.