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Harrisburg man charged in killing of Erica Klinger

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Luis Lugo-Davila Luis Lugo-Davila
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg man arrested last week for driving a missing woman's car is now charged with killing her.

Luis Lugo-Davila, 29, is accused of strangling 27-year-old Erica Lynn Klinger in a Lower Swatara Township hotel room during an argument over heroin, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Tuesday.

Days later, he allegedly dumped Klinger's body in a wooded area about 20 yards from Route 11/15 in Penn Township, Perry County.

After his arraignment on charges of criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse, Lugo-Davila said in broken English that Klinger's death was an accident and that she came at him with a knife.

Klinger's parents attended a news conference announcing the arrest. Her father said he wants Lugo-Davila to get the death penalty.

"I'm not going to sit and watch him sit in jail, think about my daughter and stuff, for taxpayers to keep him in there," he said. "No, they can go right to the electric chair or the death penalty. I don't care."

Klinger went missing June 8 after she left her job at a gas station on the Carlisle Pike near Mechanicsburg. Her body was found Wednesday night.

Lugo-Davila was initially arrested Thursday on charges of flight to avoid apprehension, theft and receiving stolen property. Police said he and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Maria Lara were seen driving Klinger's car after she disappeared.

Lara, also of Harrisburg, was arrested June 17 for theft and hindering apprehension. Marsico said she will not be charged in connection with Klinger's death.


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