Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SW Philly man charged with murder in cousin's death

Police have arrested a Southwest Philadelphia man on murder charges after his alleged victim, beaten with a metal pipe, died a year after the assault.

SW Philly man charged with murder in cousin's death

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For a year after his cousin allegedly bashed him over the head with a metal pipe, Damon Price lingered in hospice, his injuries too severe to recover. Then, in July, he died. So yesterday, police arrested Anthony Williams, his cousin and alleged attacker, after the District Attorney's Office upgraded Price's charges to include murder.

Williams, 50, of Southwest Philadelphia, is accused of assaulting Price, 36, of Arlington, Va., on July 9, 2012,  inside Williams' home on 61st Street near Elmwood Avenue, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Price died last July 20 in hospice, O'Brien said. The assault happened during an argument, but a homicide detective said he couldn't divulge what Williams told investigators.

Williams now is being held without bail at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He faces an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing. Court records show both men had extensive criminal records. Williams' arrests date back to 1981 for offenses including assault, resisting arrest, robbery, theft and gun and drug crimes, court records indicate.

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