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UPDATE: Suspect In Grisly W-B Murder Denied Bail

September 22, 2018
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Police: Shoes May Be Tied To Grisly Murder

Authorities have charged a Wilkes-Barre man in last week’s grisly murder in the city.

Police say Reynoldo Mercado, 31, of 99 Maffett St., admitted to killing Fred J. Boote, 58, who found stabbed to death inside his 14 Donald Court home on Sept. 14. Mercado told authorities the killing occurred during a planned robbery and that he tried to burn Boote’s body, police said.

Mercado is charged with homicide, robbery, arson, abuse of corpse, and tampering with evidence. He was denied bail and sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Police were led to Boote’s home after his dog was observed running loose along Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. Investigators said Boote had been stabbed in the back, and the scene suggested signs of a struggle.

Police said processing at the murder scene and at a fire scene at 95 Maffett St. led them to the arrest.

Reynoldo was arrested last weekend and charged with a felony count of interfering with the custody of a minor for allegedly taking a 14-year-old girl without her parents’ persmission. He was transferred from a New Jersey prison today, police said.

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