Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Suspect arraigned in Gloucester murder of house sitter

A Gloucester County man has been ordered held on $1.5 million bail for allegedly murdering a woman house sitting at his mother's home last month in Gloucester Township, according to the Camden County prosecutor's office.

Timothy Donnelly, 46, of Elk Township, allegedly shot Kathleen Korbel once in the head during a robbery inside the Mayflower Drive home of Donnelly's mother, authorities said. Donnelly's mother was away on a vacation at the time of the Sept. 20 shooting death.

Authorities have also the home was ransacked and more than 50 pieces of jewelry and collectible coins were stolen.

A long line of evidence allegedly led investigators directly to Donnelly within days of the murder, according to the prosecutor's office:

  • A witness allegedly saw Donnelly carrying a gun in his waistband and a prescription pill bottle that matched the description of Korbel's morphine prescription.
  • Pieces of jewelry matching the description of those pieces stolen allegedly were found in a duffel bag belonging to Donnelly.
  • Information led detectives to believe Donnelly had buried a box of ammunition shortly after the shooting and a box of ammunition was subsequently recovered buried on a property adjacent to Donnelly's Elk Township home.

It was Donnelly's first appearance in court since his arrest last month. He had been receiving treatment for psychiatric issues at a Coatesville, Pa. veterans hospital at the time he was charged, according to the prosecutor's office.

 


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