Midstate man charged in fatal stabbing won't face death penalty

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 16, 2018 3:26 PM

Ray Heck Sr., 59, of Spring Grove has been charged in the murder of a 24-year-old Spring Grove woman. (Photo: Photo courtesy Southwestern Regional Police Department)

(Spring Grove) -- Prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against a York County man accused of fatally stabbing his neighbor during a burglary in her home.

The announcement came Friday as 59-year-old Raymond Heck Sr. was arraigned on murder and other counts.

Heck is charged in the death of 24-year-old Samantha Stein, who was found Dec. 16 in her Spring Grove home. Authorities have said three children under the age of 11 were home at the time but were not harmed.

The 59-year-old Heck was arrested the next day.

Authorities say Stein and Heck knew each other. They say Heck told police he had a knife when he entered her home to steal property.

While he was in the house, authorities say Heck inadvertently woke up Stein and stabbed her during a struggle.

Heck's public defender could not be reached for comment Friday.

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