Man, 55, charged with Harrisburg's 2nd murder of 2013 - abc27 WHTM

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Man, 55, charged with Harrisburg's 2nd murder of 2013

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Jonathan Cornish (submitted photo) Jonathan Cornish (submitted photo)

Jonathan Monte Cornish, 55, Friday was charged with homicide in the bludgeoning death of 60-year-old Jose Vazquez in Harrisburg.

The Dauphin County Coroner said Vazquez was beaten to death with a hammer inside his home on the 1500 block of Vernon Street in Harrisburg Wednesday morning. Police say he had reportedly lived with Jose Vazquez for the past few days.

Vazquez was the second person murdered Harrisburg in 2013 as well as the second that week.

Cornish has also been charged with attempted murder. According to a police report, Vazquez's brother came to visit the home Wednesday morning with Cornish tried to stop him and hit him on the side of the head with a large hammer. Police say Cornish was then stabbed in the back and bludgeoned.

He was hospitalized at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for several days and is currently being transported to Dauphin County Prison, where he'll be held without bail.


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