Fire call leads to homicide investigation

Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa. - UPDATE: An autopsy completed by Coroner Scott Sayers reveals Courtney McGhee died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Sayers say the manner of death is homicide.

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Charles McGhee is facing several charges in connection to the murder of his wife, Courtney McGhee.
 
The discovery took place Monday night, at their home off of Shady Lane Extension in Bellefonte; that's when crews responded to plumes of smoke. Police said the bulk of it came from the basement and soon after they discovered a body, who the county coroner confirmed is the suspects wife, 41-year old Courtney McGhee. 
 
The district attorney said she suffered severe blunt force trauma to her skull. 
 
A 12-year old girl was also in the home, but was able to get out safely. 
 
After setting a total of three fires, the district attorney says McGhee fled the scene and crashed his car on I-80 in Jersey Shore, Clinton County. He was later arrested.
 
Charles was denied bail at his arraignment, Tuesday - facing charges including murder and arson.
 
Courtney's autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
 
Chief of Bellefonte Police said the case is still under investigation.
 
 
 

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