McKEES ROCKS, Pa. -
Three people have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of a man whose body was found wrapped in a blanket and an electrical cord in the basement of a McKees Rocks apartment building, police said Friday.
Jeffrey Tyniec, 50, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death and charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Sheila Wagner, 45, and Robert Davies, 60, were arrested Friday.
Wagner is charged with homicide, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse. Davies is charged with homicide, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
From left to right: Jeffrey Tyniec, Shelia Wagner and Robert Davies
Ronald Peless was found dead Thursday inside his apartment building on Vine Street. Police said they believe Peless was killed weeks before his body was discovered after relatives asked police to perform a welfare check.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Tyniec, officers found Peless' decomposed body wrapped in a blanket that was secured with an electrical cord. The medical examiner said Friday that Peless died from stab wounds to his head, neck and torso, and officially ruled his manner of death as homicide.
Investigators named Tyniec as a person of interest in the case because he was accused of beating Peless on Jan. 27. Police said at that time, Tyniec allegedly broke into Peless' home and punched him in the face because of an argument about a woman.
Tyniec told police that he didn't kill Peless, but he helped cover up the crime. He said that his girlfriend slashed Peless with a box cutter and another man beat Peless with an iron, according to the complaint.
Tyniec said his girlfriend called him for help after the murder, and he "assisted wrapping the body in electrical cord,” the complaint stated.
“It’s all (expletive),” Wagner told Channel 11 News. “I didn’t do no such thing.”
Wagner and Davies both denied having any involvement in Peless' death as they spoke with Channel 11 News Friday night while being led away in handcuffs.
"I didn't kill him,” Davies said. “I got the hell out of there."