BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS)– Authorities in Bucks County say jaw pain was a contributing consider what led a client to violently 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 appreciative for the police making an arrest.
“Today, the offender is charged with criminal murder,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub stated.
Joseph O'Boyle, 22, of Bensalem, is charged with an open count of murder, break-in, trespassing, and other charges in connection to the November death of Sowa.
Authorities say O'Boyle had jaw pain and saw the physician to treat it. However when the discomfort worsened after a see, O'Boyle challenged Sowa at his Bensalem office, where authorities state O'Boyle beat him to death.
“The defendant's actions appear like a poetic, perverse paradox,” Weintraub stated.
Court documents show Sowa's jaw was either struck by or rammed into a blunt item several times.
“Our evidence reveals that the accused struck Dr. Sowa with a blunt item on the back of his head,” Weintraub stated, “then extremely beat him about the jaw while he was already incapacitated, unable to defend himself or resist.”
Cops started tying O'Boyle to the criminal activity after his automobile was captured on a security electronic camera near the murder scene.
“Which permitted us to additional key in on Mr. O'Boyle,” Weintraub said.
Sowa's obituary was published on the door of his chiropractic workplace on Friday. It checks out, in part, “He was a generous father and other half who always put his family initially.”
Meanwhile, O'Boyle stays locked up in the Bucks County Jail with no bail.
“Somehow got it in his head that this was the cause of his misfortune,” Weintraub stated. “And he tragically and criminally took it out on Dr. Sowa, who lost his life as a result.”
Authorities say while officers were at the suspect's house during the homicide investigation, the suspect attacked an officer.
O'Boyle's initial hearing is set for Jan. 20.
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