Murder charges in Rite Aid slaying

A Frank­ford wo­man has been charged with murder for the Sept. 19 slay­ing of a Chester Rite Aid man­ager dur­ing an ap­par­ent botched rob­bery.

Phil­adelphia and Delaware County au­thor­it­ies cap­tured Rita Pul­tro, 23, on Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. at a house on Har­ris­on Street near Oak­land Street, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. In­vest­ig­at­ors re­portedly went to one house where they be­lieved Pul­tro was liv­ing and learned that she had fled to the Har­ris­on Street house.

Pul­tro and Dav­id Wig­gins, 24, of South Philly, were al­legedly in­volved in the fatal shoot­ing of Jason Mc­Clay, 40, of Broomall, in­side the Rite Aid at Ninth and High­land streets in Chester. Pul­tro and Wig­gins al­legedly entered the store shortly be­fore clos­ing at around 10 p.m. with the in­tent to com­mit a rob­bery. Cus­tom­ers and em­ploy­ees re­portedly heard a bang.

Po­lice found Mc­Clay with a gun­shot wound of the head. He died at the scene.

In­vest­ig­at­ors iden­ti­fied Wig­gins re­portedly through fin­ger­print evid­ence found at the crime scene and ar­res­ted him on Sat­urday at his home in the Grays Ferry sec­tion of South Philly.

Both de­fend­ants face cap­it­al murder charges and are jailed without bail in Delaware County. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing date has not been set. ••

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