Murder suspect William Tomas Torres

William Tomas Torres

The Montgomery County District Attorney's office has announced charges against a Maryland man for the alleged murder in Lower Moreland Township on Monday.

William Tomas Torres, 61, of Elkton, Md., faces charges of first-degree murder in the homicide of Jeanne Edwards, 57, of Huntingdon Valley, according to the D.A.'s office.

Police were dispatched around 5:24 p.m. Monday to the 2300 block of Dale Road for a reported shooting. Arriving officers found the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, and she was taken to Abington Memorial hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A joint investigation was begun by Lower Moreland Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, the D.A.'s office said Tuesday. The investigation found that the victim's son arrived home from work and heard a "pop" as he pulled into the driveway.

When he entered the house, the son saw Torres, who he knew as his mother's ex-boyfriend, standing in the doorway holding a shotgun pointed at him, according to the D.A.'s office.

Torres then fled the house and the son called 911. Limerick Township police arrested Torres a short time later at a private residence in the township.

An autopsy of the victim was done Tuesday and recovered shotgun pellets from the body of Edwards.

Montgomery County Coroner's Office forensic pathologist Dr. Khalil Wardak determined that Edwards died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, and ruled the manner of death a homicide, according to the D.A.'s office.

Torres has been charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing an instrument of crime.

He was arraigned Tuesday, with no bail available due to the first-degree murder charges, and remains in custody at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 10.

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