Phila. man charged with murder in Main Line drug death

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A Philadelphia man has been charged with third-degree murder in the death of a 52-year-old Radnor Township man whose body was found in a Montgomery County hotel in February, officials announced Friday.

Angel Leon, 44, who had prior arrest on drug and weapons charges, according to court records, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Montgomery County jail. 

Responding to a call at the Hyatt House Hotel on Feb. 23, Upper Merion Township Police found Roger Korfmann, 52, face down, a syringe by his side and a belt tied around his right arm.

Korfmann’s death was attributed to a lethal dose of heroin and Fentanyl, which officials say is up to 50 times stronger than heroin.

“If you deal drugs like pills, heroin, or Fentanyl, and we can prove that the drugs you sold caused someone’s death, you will be charged with homicide,” county District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference, also attended by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan.

Korfmann had purchased the fatal dosage the day before he died, officials said.

He had been staying at the hotel for four days and was found to have 17 wax-paper bags labeled “Pepsi” and “Miami.” Text messages on his cell phone led authorities to Leon.

On April 6, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Leon’s residence, and police found 13 bundles of heroin, a .45 caliber handgun with six loaded rounds, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The maximum jail sentence Leon could receive is 40 years.

Officials said this was the county’s second case of the year in which homicide charges were lodged after a drug death.


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