NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Nov. 22, 2017) — Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph F. Lawrence announce the arrest of Austin Parkinson, 20, and Lana Lare, 20, both of West Norriton, for First-Degree Murder and related charges in the stabbing death of Chad Konata, 31, of Collingdale, Pa., on Nov. 20, 2017.
At 5:46 p.m., Plymouth Township Police responded to a vehicle crash in the parking lot in the 400 block of Ridge Pike and found a deceased male, later identified as Konata, in the driver’s seat of a 2012 Buick sedan, which had crashed into a parked car. The victim appeared to have been stabbed multiple times. A joint investigation of the murder by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau and Plymouth Township Police revealed that the defendants arranged to meet the victim for the purposes of buying a quantity of heroin. Once inside the car, Parkinson and Lare stabbed the victim multiple times and stole eight bundles of heroin, which is fewer than 100 packets or doses of heroin.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy of the body of Konata on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, and opined that he died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries. The manner of death was ruled homicide.
“This murder today is another casualty of the far-reaching opioid epidemic we’re facing here in Montgomery County. This man was murdered for about $800 worth of heroin—$800,” said Steele.
Parkinson and Lare were each charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Third-Degree Murder, Robbery and related charges. Parkinson was also charged with Unsworn Falsification for lying to detectives in his initial statement. The defendants were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Francis J. Bernhardt III. Bail was denied, and they were remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 1, 2017, before Judge Bernhardt.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Tonya Lupinacci and Robert J. Kolansky.