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A Pennsylvania teen is accused of repeatedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend outside a train station, leaving her to bleed out on the ground and die.
Morgan McCaffery, an 18-year-old resident of Abington Township, was found dead at the Meadowbrook Train Station on Monday morning, according to a news release issued by both the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Abington Township Police.
Her ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old Philadelphia resident Gilbert Newton III, has since been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
After being called to the area at around 8 a.m., police found McCaffery lying unresponsive in the station's parking lot next to her car, which was still running. A witness reportedly told police that they’d seen a white Jeep fleeing the area where the teen was found.
McCaffery was covered in blood from what appeared to be stab wounds she’d sustained to her neck and stomach area. Upon arrival, first responders pronounced her dead.
Newton was identified as a suspect during the subsequent investigation, according to the release. McCaffery had been in a relationship with Newton for a year but had ended things with him about a month before she was killed.
However, she’d agreed to meet him at the station that Monday to talk about their relationship, police said. McCaffery’s current boyfriend later told investigators that Newton had texted her the night before to request the meeting, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
That same morning, Philadelphia police arrested Newton at his home after a 911 call, the release stated. Newton’s mother called 911 after her son came home with his clothes covered in blood and his hands injured, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by The Inquirer. A white Jeep was also found parked in front of his house and there were blood stains inside it, the Philly Voice reported.
Following an autopsy, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office concluded that McCaffery’s death was a homicide and that she’d died from being stabbed and cut more than 30 times, according to the release.
Newton is currently in custody at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where he is not eligible for bail, officials said. He faces charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and possessing an instrument of crime. Newton is slated to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 4.
During an interview with police, an unidentified friend of McCaffery said that Newton had abused her during their relationship, but he was trying to reconcile with her and “fix things,” the Inquirer reported.
“A young woman with her whole life ahead of her, just graduated from high school, was brutally stabbed to death,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in Monday’s release. “This murder is a tragedy for her family, her friends and everyone who loved her. Sadly, we are seeing relationship violence and domestic violence far too often during this pandemic.”
McCaffery had recently graduated from Nazareth Academy High School and was planning to attend Manor College, WPVI reported. Nazareth mourned her loss in a public Facebook post, describing the teen as “a light to those whom she encountered.”
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