PA - Brenwanda Smith, 24, Philadelphia, 18 Feb 1997
THE TWO MURDER charges against Juan Covington - and the investigation into other killings he may have committed - convince at least two crime experts that the former SEPTA employee is a serial killer.
Police are looking into the 1997 disappearance of SEPTA bus driver Brenwanda Smith and the death last year of Temple University nurse Ann Yuille.
Covington's attorney Charles Peruto Jr. - hired by the suspect's sometimes estranged brother James Covington - said, "I can't say whether my client is involved with them [the killings] or not."
But, he continued, "he's truly schizophrenic. He was functional. He would function and he didn't know he did something that heinous. He fooled himself and he fooled others."
Covington has confessed to the May 17 shooting of X-ray technician Trish McDermott and to killing his cousin, the Rev. Thomas Lee Devlin in 1998. The confessions were read in court Wednesday and Municipal Judge Marsha Neifield ordered Covington held for trial for both murders.
Brenwanda Smith worked as a SEPTA bus driver from September 1994 to February 1997, said transit agency spokesman Jim Whitaker yesterday. Smith was based out of the SEPTA Luzerne yard in Hunting Park. On Feb. 18, 1997, she went missing after she left the Midvale yard on Wissahickon Avenue near Hunting Park.
"She was working one day and never came back," Whitaker said. Smith was reported missing on Feb. 18.
The alleged killer also confessed to the murder of Odies Bosket, 36, at a Logan subway stop in March, but another man has been arrested in that case. Covington has not been charged.
The 9mm handgun Covington had on him when he was arrested last week matched the bullets fired into Bosket, a father of four, a source said.
Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........
Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
"Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight