BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS)– Authorities in Bucks County say jaw pain was a contributing factor in what led a patient to strongly bludgeon a Bensalem chiropractor. The kid of Dr. James Sowa informed Eyewitness News that his family is still grieving over the death that happened in November, but they're happy for the police making an arrest.
“Today, the accused is charged with criminal homicide,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub stated.
Joseph O'Boyle, 22, of Bensalem, is charged with an open count of murder, robbery, trespassing, and other charges in connection to the November death of Sowa.
Cops say O'Boyle had jaw discomfort and saw the doctor to treat it. However when the pain intensified after a see, O'Boyle confronted Sowa at his Bensalem office, where police say O'Boyle beat him to death.
“The defendant's actions look like a poetic, perverse paradox,” Weintraub said.
Court files reveal Sowa's jaw was either struck by or rammed into a blunt things numerous times.
“Our proof reveals that the accused struck Dr. Sowa with a blunt item on the back of his head,” Weintraub said, “then extremely beat him about the jaw while he was currently disabled, not able to defend himself or fight back.”
Police began tying O'Boyle to the crime after his cars and truck was captured on a security cam near the murder scene.
“Which allowed us to further type in on Mr. O'Boyle,” Weintraub stated.
Sowa's obituary was posted on the door of his chiropractic workplace on Friday. It reads, in part, “He was a selfless dad and hubby who constantly put his family initially.”
On the other hand, O'Boyle stays secured in the Bucks County Jail without any bail.
“Somehow got it in his head that this was the cause of his bad luck,” Weintraub stated. “And he tragically and criminally took it out on Dr. Sowa, who lost his life as a result.”
Cops say while officers were at the suspect's house during the homicide investigation, the suspect assaulted an officer.
O'Boyle's initial hearing is set for Jan. 20.
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