Coroner: Death of Dauphin County mother a ‘crime of passion’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County mother of five died from a combination of stab wounds and strangulation, according to the Dauphin County coroner.

Tomicka Stubbs was found dead in her apartment Sunday morning in Swatara Township.

Archie Lee Wright, 56, is accused of murdering Stubbs.

Coroner Graham Hetrick called it a crime of passion and said there was evidence of a cleanup inside the apartment where Stubbs was killed.

Stubbs was found dead around 8 a.m. Sunday. The coroner said she died around 5 a.m. that morning.

Police said Archie Lee Wright strangled Stubbs with a bike chain and stabbed her several times.

Stubb’s family told police she feared for her life when she broke up with him because Wright had threatened to kill her.

Hetrick said Stubbs had defensive wounds, meaning she put up a fight before she was killed.

Surveillance video shows Wright dumping bloody boots into the Susquehanna River. Dive teams are currently searching for those boots.

Wright remains in prison. He is charged with homicide and tampering with evidence.

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