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March 6, 2014

Arrest made in deaths


On it, Wade professed his innocence, writing, “I would like for the world to know I am 100 percent innocent I would never ever in any way Hurt a person so brutally it is not in my nature I have always respected women and will always continue to do so I am being framed to take the fall for this case and hopefully justice will prevail !”

In a criminal complaint, authorities suggested Wade attacked Suzy when she was home alone, based on surveillance video from a transit bus Suzy rode home, other video from Sarah’s employer and home alarm records that enabled detectives to reconstruct some of the sisters’ movements the night before they were found dead.

Police said items belonging to the sisters — identification cards, credit and bank cards, keys and cellphones — were missing. Police haven’t commented on a motive for the killings.

Police also used surveillance video to track Wade’s whereabouts after the slayings.

Police said Wade’s DNA was found on sweatpants a man was seen removing from behind a muffler shop about 1 a.m. Feb. 7. Police also found DNA from a male and a female under Suzy’s fingernails, and lab tests determined Wade couldn’t be excluded “as a contributor to this mixture.”

Other surveillance video showed Wade throwing something in a garbage can, where detectives found a pen with “Iowa” on it, police said. Federal firearms records show Wade has bought eight handguns since 1997, but they can’t account for three of the weapons. Police haven’t discussed the type of gun used to kill the sisters.

Wade remained in police custody, awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon. Under Pennsylvania law, he cannot be released on bond because he’s charged with homicide.

Jack said the family has not decided if they would attend a possible trial, but did indicate some family members will visit Pittsburgh in the near future.

“As much as anything else, we want to meet Suzy and Sarah’s many friends,” Jack said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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