2nd man charged with murder in Jackson woman's drug overdose

JACKSON TWP., Pa. - A second man has been arrested on murder charges in the drug overdose death of a young woman inside her home in April.

Angel Manuel Casanova was charged Wednesday with drug delivery resulting in death (3rd degree murder) and possession with intent to deliver, state police said.

Kate Lynn Gerberich was found dead on Apr. 24 in the bathroom of her apartment in the 300 block of North Locust Street in Jackson Twp., Lebanon Co., said police, adding that an autopsy determined she died of a heroin overdose.

Michael Lee McKinney was arrested in June on charges of drug delivery resulting in death (3rd degree murder) and possession with intent to deliver.

McKinney, 28, was living in the apartment below Gerberich and delivered heroin to her the night before she died, said police, who noted that Casanova, 43, of Lebanon, supplied the heroin to McKinney the same night.

Casanova, who officials said was already being sought by the state for absconding parole, was incarcerated Wednesday on $500,000 bail.

Gerberich left behind a 1-year-old daughter.

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