Murder suspect sought

According to police, an argument over money prompted the deadly stabbing of a woman, while her teenage son was sliced across the chest.

By Lorraine Gennaro
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headline: Murder suspect sought

subhead: According to police, an argument over money prompted the deadly stabbing of a woman, while her teenage son was sliced across the chest.

subhead: By Lorraine Gennaro

Review Staff Writer


A convicted felon on parole allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death and cut her teenage son inside the home the three shared on the 2000 block of Mercy Street, police said.

Jerome Finch, 44, was on parole after serving almost 20 years for a March 15, 1988, homicide in the 17th District, according to court records.

The victim in Saturday's attack, Deidra Burkett, 42, was stabbed several times in the chest and pronounced dead by a medic at the scene at 11:25 p.m., about 10 minutes after police arrived at the home.

"The motive was money," Homicide Sgt. Bill Gallagher told the Review, adding Finch had asked Burkett for cash -- for what and how much, police don't know -- and then slayed her in an ensuing argument. Investigators did not recover the blade.

The victim's 15-year-old son was slashed across the chest when he tried to intervene; he was treated and released from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Monday, the sergeant believed Finch was probably still in South Philly. In addition to murder and related offenses for Burkett's death, an attempted murder charge and related offenses will be tacked on for the son, Gallagher said.

To report information, call the Homicide Division at 215-686-3334/5.

Fugitive caught

An 18-year-old fugitive who ran in the Oct. 4 Review was captured Friday after detectives received various tips on his whereabouts.

Basil Bey, from the 2300 block of Tasker Street, was picked up at about 4:30 p.m. in Southwest Philly and charged with three counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and firearms offenses for a 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12 shooting on the 900 block of South 18th Street, Lt. Frank Vanore of the Police Public Affairs Unit said.

Police spotted Bey exiting a home on the 6200 block of Elmwood Avenue and getting into a 2000 Honda Accord, which they followed to the 6300 block of Grays Avenue and then arrested the teen without incident.

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