A Philadelphia man was arrested on homicide expenses for allegedly stabbing his boyfriend to death almost three years in the past, then withdrawing cash from the victim’s trust fund and taking on his social media accounts to make it appear like he was nonetheless alive.
Keshaun Sheffield, 20, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree homicide, third-degree homicide, theft, receiving stolen property, and different crimes, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele introduced.
Sheffield was in a relationship with the victim, 22-year-old Rashid Young, for roughly two years earlier than the homicide on Aug. 19, 2019.
He is accused of stabbing Young to death and transporting his physique in a Pottstown Borough recycling container to a home that he shared with his mom.
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Sheffield then allegedly dug a grave at Awbury Arboretum, a nonprofit botanical backyard in north Philadelphia, and buried Young’s stays there.
A landscaper for the backyard found Young’s stays on Sept. 30, 2019 and known as the police.
“The investigation discovered that Sheffield was accessing the victim’s social media accounts and utilizing his cellphone to talk with Young’s household and sustain the looks that Young was nonetheless alive from August to December 2019,” the district lawyer wrote this week.
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Young’s stays went unidentified till a personal investigator employed by Young’s household contacted the Montgomery County Detectives with new details about the case.
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Detectives then used dental data to verify Young’s identification.
“Since August 2019, a household has been trying to find details about their lacking son. Today, we shared with them the tragic particulars of his death and will likely be ready to return his stays to them for a correct burial,” Steele mentioned Wednesday. “This is yet one more case of relationship violence that changed into a homicide.”