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June 28, 2016

New details in Northeast Philadelphia killing with crossbow

Crime Investigations
Crossbow killer mugshot Philadelphia Police /for PhillyVoice

Paul Kuzan.

New details surrounding the killing of a Northeast Philadelphia woman shot in the chest with a crossbow - allegedly by her husband - have emerged. spoke with neighbors of the suspect and victim, 41-year-old Paul Kuzan and his newlywed, Pamela Nightlinger, 42, as well as police, to paint a clearer picture of what may have foreshadowed and surrounded the incident.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia police arrested and charged Kuzan with murder and possessing an instrument of crime in the killing of Nightlinger.

According to a police report, Kuzan is accused of shooting Nightlinger in the chest with a crossbow inside their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday evening. 

Police were called to the home at approximately 9:19 p.m. for a report of a person with a weapon, and when they arrived, they found Nightlinger, who was shot in the chest. 

She was transported to Aria-Torresdale Hospital, where she succumbed to her injury and was pronounced dead at 10:34 p.m.

What the police report does not mention, but what neighbors told on Tuesday, is that Kuzan was naked at the time and stood that way in his doorway as his dying wife ran to a neighbor for help – and it wasn't the first time he exposed himself to the neighborhood. also spoke with a homicide detective who told the reporter that the arrow used in the killing sailed through the victim's body and got stuck in a wall. 

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