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June 21, 2016

Charges filed in murder of Chester woman found handcuffed in Fairmount Park

Two women have now been charged in the murder of a 26-year-old Chester woman, whose body was found in Fairmount Park, last week.

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Fairmount body June 2016 Google/StreetView

The area along Georges Hill Drive in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

A second woman has been arrested in the killing of a Chester woman, whose body was found near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park last week, Philadelphia police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officials announced that Shintele Smith, a 28-year-old female from 2600 block of South Bialy Street, was arrested and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Toy Charda Bryant. 

With her arrest, Smith joins 39-year-old Shavon Armstrong – who also goes by Palliadium Smith –  from the first block of South Welles Street in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, who turned herself into police last week for her alleged involvement in this murder.

Armstrong and Smith have been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery and related offenses in the death of Bryant, who was found dead on June 14. 

Bryant's body had found about 10 feet off the road on the 5300 block of George's Hill Drive by passersby.

She was face down, her hands cuffed in front of her, Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide Unit said.

When she was found, Bryant had been stabbed multiple times and had been shot once in the head, Clark said last week. 

"I believe she was in a fight for her life," Clark said last week. "And, I believe, she lost." 

Bryant was pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m. on June 14 by medical staff on the scene. According to Clark, Bryant was likely dead for about 10 to 15 hours before her body was discovered.