Philly slaying suspect had been cited in road rage
Published: January 29, 2013
LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Records show the exterminator charged in the killing of a young Philadelphia doctor at her downtown home had been cited for allegedly exposing himself during a road rage incident on Interstate 95 last year.
Authorities say 36-year-old Jason T. Smith received a disorderly conduct citation for the incident in March and later pleaded guilty. Investigators say he had a DUI arrest and other traffic violations on his record, but no other acts of violence.
Authorities say the exterminator got into an argument with Dr. Melissa Ketunuti while servicing her home this month, then strangled her, bound her body and set it ablaze in an apparent attempt to get rid of the evidence. He faces charges of murder, arson and other offenses.
Ketunuti was a researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.