Firefighters responded to a home in downtown Philadelphia on Jan. 21, 2013 where they found the body of 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti on fire in the basement, with her ankles and wrists bound. The body was found with a rope around the neck and police believe she was strangled. Ketunuti was a second-year infectious diseases fellow and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Jason Smith, an exterminator, was charged with murder on Jan. 24, 2013 in Ketunuti's death after allegedly confessing to the crime. Investigators said Smith arrived for service at Ketunuti's home for a rodent problem and got into a verbal argument with her in the basement. Surveillance video caught Smith leaving the house after he allegedly killed the victim.