W. Philly man held for trial in stabbing death of girl, 15, whom he met on social media

Buy Photo The rear alley of the 200 block of South 49th Street in West Philadelphia, where the burned body of 15-year-old Sabriya McLean was found Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Fifteen-year-old Sabriya McLean was stabbed 77 times, a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday. The teen’s naked body was then burned and dumped in a back alley of a West Philadelphia apartment building last year , Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp said.

Details of McLean’s gruesome death were revealed at a preliminary hearing for Cole Swaringer-Herring, now 24, of West Philadelphia, whom police have said met McLean on social media, then allegedly killed her in his family’s apartment on the 200 block of South 49th Street on the evening of Nov. 27.

McLean, who most recently lived in New Castle, Del., with her grandmother but is originally from West Philadelphia, was reported missing by her family. Her body was found by police about 10:10 a.m. Nov. 28 in the alley behind Swaringer-Herring’s apartment building.

In court Wednesday, Municipal Court Judge Karen Yvette Simmons held Swaringer-Herring, who remains in custody, for trial on all charges, including murder, abuse of corpse, arson, possession of an instrument of crime, and related offenses, after hearing testimony from […]

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