A Lancaster man is charged with killing a 35-year-old Providence Township man at the victim’s home last month.
Pennsylvania State Police charged 48-year-old Jose S. Ferrufino on Monday with criminal homicide and burglary regarding the March 22 death of Hugo Garcia-Hernandez.
Ferrufino, who was at Lancaster County Prison for a separate incident, was arraigned Monday afternoon by District Judge Stuart Mylin on the new charges. Ferrufino is at the prison without bail.
Garcia-Hernandez sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and had been beaten in the face when he was found in his home in the 100 block of Pennsy Road.
Zip-ties were found on Garcia-Hernandez’s body.
His death was ruled a homicide. The autopsy revealed a contact gunshot wound to the chest and facial injuries consistent with being struck with a fist or hard object, like a handgun.
Witnesses saw a light colored pickup truck leave the property after hearing signs of a struggle inside the home. Police traced the truck to Ferrufino.
Police learned there had been prior incidents of Ferrufino confronting, and threatening, Garcia-Hernandez over a relationship involving Garcia-Hernandez and Ferrufino’s wife.
Police went to a camper in West Lampeter Township where Ferrufino has been staying. Police found there blood-stained clothing and a zip-tie consistent with evidence at the homicide scene.
Ferrufino told police he was asleep in his camper around the time Garcia-Hernandez was killed. The investigation showed Ferrufino was not in his camper, but in his truck using a cellphone before and after the homicide.
State police Trooper Linda Gerow filed charges, which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Kevin McGarry.
Ferrufino is presumed innocent.
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