Coroner: Geistown homicide victim tried to fight off her attacker

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CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – On Tuesday, police took into custody the suspect in the stabbing death of a woman in the Borough of Geistown.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Denise Williams. She was discovered after a welfare check at 26-year-old Josh Gorgone’s apartment at the 800 block of Old Scalp Avenue in Geistown Borough.

Police on scene on a death investigation near the 800 block of Scalp Avenue by Old Scalp Avenue

When investigators arrived at the scene, Williams was discovered with multiple stab wounds. The autopsy report showed she had defensive wounds.

“She put up one heck of a fight,” Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said.

Investigators said the last place Williams went to was Gorgone’s apartment to look at a refrigerator after seeing it for sale on Facebook Marketplace. She intended to purchase it for her boyfriend as a present, the Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said.

Roughly 12 hours after the murder, Gorgone was picked up by police.

Neugebauer said charges were filed. Gorgone is charged with criminal homicide and two felony accounts of aggravated assault. Though, there may be additional charges. He will not be given bail, and he is being held in Cambria County Prison.

Knives were recovered at the scene. The investigation is still ongoing as they try to piece together additional information.

Neugebauer said no motivation is known at this time and they do not believe the two had any prior relationship.

The full press conference can be watched below.

Gorgone has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 14, according to the charges filed.

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