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Pennsylvania Man Accused of Killing Estranged Wife Less Than a Month After Receiving Protection Order

Pennsylvania Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Estranged Wife
Source: Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office; Unsplash

Elizabeth Shea reportedly got a protection order against her estranged husband less than a month before he fatally stabbed her, officials said.

Apr. 15 2024, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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Authorities say a Pennsylvania man was slapped with a court order to stay away from his estranged wife. Less than a month later, he was arrested in connection with her murder.

Around 12:30 a.m. on April 10, Kenneth Shea, 37, took a ride share from the hotel he was staying at in Feasterville-Trevose to near Elizabeth Shea’s home in Wyndmoor, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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Once at the residence, Shea allegedly pushed an air conditioning unit in and entered the house.

Around 3:30 a.m., he took a ride share back to the hotel he was staying at. Video surveillance from the hotel lobby showed him arriving at 3:58 a.m. and going to his room, officials said.

Authorities said cell phone records showed his phone was in the area of the hotel in the days leading up to the murder and throughout the day on April 10.

Around 7:30 a.m. on April 10, deputies performed a welfare check on Elizabeth after employees at the pet daycare where she worked called police.

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At her residence, officers found her dead in her room with stab wounds to the neck. They also found hard drives from the home’s surveillance system and three cell phones in sinks and toilets in the house.

Around 6 p.m., police arrested Kenneth Shea while he was leaving his hotel room and charged him with first-, second- and third-degree murder, officials said.

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He was booked into jail and was being held without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.

According to WPVI, Kenneth had an active warrant against him for an assault against his estranged wife. Authorities said he assaulted and strangled her before officers were called to the home in January.

Officials said on March 15, Kenneth was served with an order of protection. Then on April 9, Elizabeth Shea filed for divorce.


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