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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.

Man held for trial in strangulation death

Jorge Davila
Jorge Davila

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 Street.an 86-A West Chester man accused in the stangulation death .

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.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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