Police: Pa. man, 70, stoned to death by friend

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 12:43 PM

Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a 70-year-old man was stoned to death with a rock stuffed in a sock by a younger friend who alleged the victim made unwanted sexual advances.

According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old John Thomas of Lansdowne has told police he killed 70-year-old Murray Seidman because the Old Testament refers to stoning homosexuals.

Delaware County authorities announced Friday that Thomas was arrested and charged with murder.

Seidman died in his Lansdowne apartment in early January. His body was not found for days.

Lansdowne police say Thomas is the executor and sole beneficiary of Seidman's will. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.