PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A suspect has just been named in a July 2016 murder case in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.
Rickie Morgan was stabbed to death in a vacant lot this summer and now police have revealed they have a suspect who has been in jail on various murder charges since that time.
“When he said it, I fell to my knees,” said Carol Smail, Morgan’s mother, after receiving a call from detectives that they had a suspect.
Byron Allen, 43, is the man who allegedly killed Morgan. She was found naked near the spot where she was stabbed.
According to the police, a surveillance video showed her with a man on a bicycle shortly before her death.
It was part of a series of attacks on prostitutes. Many were sexually assaulted, strangled, or stabbed in the same area.
“She was a loving person. She had a good heart. She loved helping people. Her only downfall was her addiction,” Smail said.
The subpoena in the case said someone identified Byron Allen as a suspect after seeing a report on 6abc. He was later convicted of murdering Natasha Gibson in Yeadon in a similar crime. He has been in prison since 2016 while police tried to link him to Morgan’s murder.
“That was the fight I was up against. I was trying to somehow get enough evidence to pin him as her killer,” Smail said.
Police now believe they have this evidence. The subpoena states that he is the suspect based on the facts and circumstances and based on Byron Allen’s patterns and practices.
Despite how long it took, Smail said she always knew that day would come.
“As a mother, I never gave up. I would never do that. Rickie fought to the last breath,” Smail said.
Allen is currently in prison in Collegeville.
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