NESHANNOCK TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania State Police have arrested a suspect they say was involved in a homicide in Lawrence County.
Shane McDevitt, 36, was arrested following a high-speed chase and crash on Route 28 after 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Police were called to Mercer Road in Neshannock Township around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday where they found the victim, 65-year-old Cecelia Liposky.
According to a report from PSP, Liposky was seen lying on the floor in the living room with blood around her. An autopsy revealed that she died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Police said a glass decoration and a claw hammer were found smeared with blood at the scene.
According to the police report, Liposky’s son had been staying at the home, and family members told police that he had a long history of drug abuse. Liposky’s vehicle was missing from her home, but McDevitt’s car was parked in the garage.
Attempts to contact McDevitt were unsuccessful, but police later spotted Liposky’s vehicle in Allegheny County.
McDevitt was arrested after a high-speed chase and crash near the Pittsburgh Mills Mall exit and was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant on unrelated charges.
Police say during his arrest, he said someone needed to go to his mother’s house because he killed her.
McDevitt told police that he hit his mother multiple times in the head with a round piece of glass and a claw hammer after an argument about his drug addiction, according to the PSP report.
McDevitt is now charged with criminal homicide and possessing instruments of a crime. He’s being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond until his preliminary hearing on May 18.