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Slain mother and daughter were witnesses against suspect

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 12, 2015 4:40 AM
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(Quarryville) -- Prosecutors say a woman and her 16-year-old daughter who were fatally stabbed in Lancaster County were witnesses against the suspect in a pending child sexual assault case. 

Leeton Jahwanza Thomas is charged with two counts of criminal homicide, one count each of attempted homicide and burglary. 

He is jailed without bail pending a June 22 preliminary hearing.

Court records show the 37-year-old posted $5,000 bail April 18 while facing charges of aggravated indecent assault involving children. 

State Police troopers say they were called to the home in East Drumore Township around 2:20 a.m. Thursday.

They discovered the two dead victims -- 44-year-old Lisa Scheetz and her 16-year-old daughter -- while searching the home's basement. 

The also found one girl who was injured.

The 15-year-old is listed in critical but stable condition. 

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman calls the killings a "nightmare situation.''

An earlier version of this story:

(Quarryville) -- A suspect has been taken into custody in the stabbing deaths of a Lancaster County woman and her 16-year-old daughter and the wounding of her 15-year-old daughter.  

Leeton Thomas faces several charges including criminal homicide and burglary  for the stabbings at the home in East Drumore Township.

State Police Troopers say they were called to the home around 2:20 a.m. Thursday and found one girl who was injured.

She was listed in critical but stable condition at a hospital. 

Investigators found the two dead victims -- 44-year-old Lisa Scheetz and her 16-year-old daughter -- while searching the home's basement.  


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