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Jennifer Daugherty Tortured Before Death

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Published on Feb 14, 2010

The family of a mentally challenged woman who was tortured, beaten and stabbed to death and left in a trash can in Greensburg said she was a trusting and caring person.

The victim was 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty.

"She trusted anybody," the victim's sister, Joy Burkholder, said today. "If you met her today, you had a friend for life. ... She thought everybody was good, and nobody would hurt her."

Six people — three men and three females — have been charged in connection with Daugherty's death. Her body was found Thursday morning in a trash can outside Greensburg Salem Middle School on North Main Street.

The six suspects are: Robert Loren Masters Jr., 36; Ricky V. Smyrnes, 23; and Melvin Knight, 20, all of 428 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg; Peggy Darlene Miller, 27, Mt. Pleasant Township; Amber C. Meidinger, 20, of 103 Indiana Drive, Building O, Greensburg; and Angela Marinucci, 17, of Greensburg.

The six were arraigned on charges including criminal homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault and conspiracy. All are being held without bond in the Westmoreland County Prison.

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