Joshua Keziah

Joshua Keziah

HAZLETON, Pa. - A brutal assault case in Luzerne County is now a homicide.

The attack happened on Feb. 13 in a parking lot in the 1000 block of North Vine Street in Hazleton, police said.

Joshua Keziah, 33, is accused of beating a man and stomping on his head several times.

The victim, Frantz Orcel, 38, was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, where he died five days later. The Lehigh County coroner says the autopsy found Orcel died of blunt force head injuries from the assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

Keziah was arrested on Feb. 16 when authorities executed a search warrant at his home.

Hazleton police, the Lehigh County coroner's office and the Luzerne County district attorney's office are investigating.

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