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One in custody after verbal argument turns deadly in Monroe county

CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Pa. - One person is under arrest after investigators say an argument turned deadly inside a home in Monroe County.

State police spent the day at the crime scene looking for evidence, including the possible murder weapon.

Investigators are combing through debris outside the home located in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road in Chesnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Police say the home is where an argument turned deadly between Lawrence Purcell and Kyle Kresge.

Investigators say Purcell's body was found at the side of the home, but the say the shooting actually took place in the living room.

Court records lay out what police found when they arrived. Purcell was at the side of the home covered in a tarp and other debris.

The affidavit of probable cause says Lawrence Purcell died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and when police went into the home there were signs of a struggle.

They made contact with Kyle Kresge and troopers found a small caliber shell casing in his pants pocket.

There were also stains in the house consistent with a body being moved from the living room, through the kitchen, into the mud room, and outside where police found Purcell.

Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso was on the scene speaking with investigators and told 69 News that part of the search includes looking for the murder weapon.

Before Kresge was charged, an eyewitness told investigators he was present when the men got into a verbal argument. The affidavit of probable cause says the witness told police he saw Kresge produce a gun, heard a gunshot and witnessed Purcell crumple towards the floor.

Kyle Kresge is in the Monroe County correctional facility charged with homicide, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.


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