Jennifer Lee Daugherty

Jennifer Lee Daugherty

Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 11 Feb 2010 (aged 30)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 48112799 · View Source
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Jennifer Lee Daugherty, 30, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. She was born Nov. 8, 1979, in Latrobe, a daughter of Richard S. Daugherty, of Pittsburgh, and Denise J. Murphy and stepfather, Bobby Murphy, of Mt. Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, William R. Zimmerman; and paternal grandparents, James Daugherty and Mary Ann Simpson. Surviving, besides her parents, are sisters, Joy Burkholder and husband, Lance, and Jamie Daugherty; a stepbrother, Dave Murphy and wife, Wendy; maternal grandmother, Virginia Holland; two nieces, Breanne and Bailey Burkholder; a nephew, Dylan Daugherty; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Jennifer's life with a memorial service at 1 p.m. Sunday in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. Jennifer's family has requested no flowers and memorial contributions be made to one's favorite charity. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and information, please visit

Jennifer Daugherty, a mentally disabled woman in rural Pennsylvania allegedly suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of her killers, who her father says pretended to be her friends.

They fed her vegetable oil, spices, detergent, urine and medications, then forced her to write a suicide note, before they stabbed her to death, wrapped her in plastic, put her in a garbage can and dumped her in a school parking lot, police and relatives said Friday.

Six people have been charged.

The head of the 30-year-old had been shaved, and she had been bound with Christmas decorations and clothing; she also was hit with a towel rack, vacuum cleaner hose and a crutch, according to an affidavit.

Six people were charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping and related charges in the death of Daugherty, who was missing since Monday and whose body was found Thursday at Greensburg Salem Middle School, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Charged were Robert Loren Masters Jr., 36, Ricky Smyrnes, 23, Melvin Knight, 20, Amber Meidinger, 20, all of Greensburg; a 17-year-old girl from Greensburg; and Peggy Darlene Miller, 27, of Mount Pleasant Township. All were being held without bond in the Westmoreland County prison. It was not clear whether they had attorneys.

Stepfather Bobby Murphy, 62, of Mount Pleasant, told The Associated Press that the victim had the mental abilities of a 12 to 14-year-old.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Knight admitted stabbing Daugherty in the chest, side and neck, and he and Smyrnes carried her body to the parking lot. All six defendants admitted their involvement and implicated others, according to police.

A man found Daugherty's body Thursday morning when he saw the plastic garbage can partially beneath his truck.

"One thing I can tell you is there is no reason for them to do what they did to Jennifer," Murphy said. "Jennifer was just a gentle, laid-back person.

"There wasn't a mean bone in her body."


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