Palmerton man charged with fatally stabbing brother
A Palmerton man has been charged with homicide in the death of his brother early Saturday morning.
At 6:15 a.m. police were called to 565 Lehigh Avenue by Louise Beagle, who said her son, Jonathan Beagle, 38, had barricaded himself in the residence.
When Palmerton police arrived, Beagle told them, “I am not coming out, he is hurt really bad.”
When Beagle did come out he had black knife, according to the Lehighton state police crime unit.
Police entered the house and saw Jeffery P. Beagle, 48, lying on his back on the stairs naked. There was a good amount of blood throughout the house.
Pennsylvania State Police were called and Lehighton Ambulance and Palmerton EMS. They took him to St. Luke’s Lehighton campus, where he was pronounced dead at 7:39 a.m.
Police interviewed Jonathan Beagle, who said he retrieved a knife from the garage, entered his brother’s room and stabbed him.
He is charged with homicide, terroristic threats and strangulation. He was arraigned by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek and taken to Carbon County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 4.