Man guilty of killing mother, teen daughter

Leeton Jahwanza Thomas, of Quarryville, is accused of fatally stabbing Lisa Scheetz and her 16-year-old daughter in their East Drumore Township home. (submitted photo)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A jury has convicted a Lancaster County man of fatally stabbing a woman and her 16-year-old daughter because they were scheduled to testify against him in a child sexual assault trial.

Leeton J. Thomas, 40, of Quarryville, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and all other charges related to the June 2015 killings of 44-year-old Lisa Scheetz and her daughter.

The jury deliberated for about two and a half hours before reaching its verdict Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas was also found guilty of attempted homicide for severely wounding Scheetz’s then-15-year-old daughter during an early morning burglary. The girl, now 17, was able to escape the family’s home in East Drumore Township. She testified at trial and identified Thomas as the killer.

In closing arguments Tuesday morning, prosecutors called the killings “assassinations” to avoid the pending prosecution. The defense suggested someone else committed the crimes.

Thomas faces a possible death sentence. A penalty hearing will begin Wednesday morning.

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