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Jesse Dee WISE Jr.

 
 


 

 

Jesse Dee Wise, 21.

 

 

Jesse Dee Wise is escorted into the district magistrate's office in Leola, Penn., on April 13, 2006,
after being arrested for the murders of six relatives
.

 

 

Jesse D. Wise Jr, center, is escorted by police as he leaves court in Leola, Pa., in this April 13, 2006, file photo. Wise pleaded guilty Friday, June 15, 2007, to six counts of criminal homicide and was sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating and stabbing six family members inside their home. At the request of the surviving family members, prosecutors said they agreed not to seek the death penalty against Wise in the killings, which occurred at the home the family shared in Leola, Pa., in April 2006.

 

 

 

 

Police escort homicide suspect Jesse Dee Wise, 21, from the East Lampeter Township
Police Department Thursday, April 13, 2006.

 

 

Wise has pleaded guilty to killing six of his family members in a Leola home in April 2006.

 

 

He faced six counts of criminal homicide.

 

 

Law enforcement officials pulled away, transporting Wise to his arraignment, where he appeared
before District Judge B. Denise Commins. Commins ordered Wise held without bail.

 

 

Police said both of his parents are dead.

 

 

He had been living with his grandparents at the home where the killings happened, according to police.

 

 

Wise does have a criminal record in Lancaster County.

 

 

In the summer of 2004, he was charged with eight crimes.

 

 

They ranged from reckless driving to a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary. He's also accused
of breaking into the First Baptist Church of Pequea in Salisbury Township.

 

 

Police took Wise into custody shortly after the bodies were discovered at the Leola home.

 

 

East Lampeter Township Police Chief John Bowman announced Wise's arrest
at a news conference several days after the killings.

 

 

Police said one of the victims was Chance Wise, 5.

 

 

Police also identified Jessie James Wise, 17, as one of the victims.

 

 

Investigators gather outside the home where the bodies were found.

 

 

In an initial search of the home at 81 East Main St., police found five bodies. A forensics team
found the sixth body during a later search of the home, police said.

 

 

Police had responded to the home after a friend of the homeowner called 911. Homeowner Jessie Wise Sr., 60, (pictured above) was in New York and had called a friend, John Adams, to ask him to look in on his family because he had not heard from them in days.

 

 

"Never had no argument with me. Never had anything with me. I don't know what happened," said Wise Sr. of his grandson and the suspect, Jesse Dee Wise.

 

 

John Adams said he arrived to find Jesse Dee Wise, also known as "Jay," in the home, along with the victims in the basement. "I turned on a light and started walking down the stairs, and the first think I saw was Arlene. I bent down just a little and then I saw the baby down there lying on its face. I ran out, and I told the police that they were all down there dead, said Adams.

 

 

Police made arrangements for Wise to return from New York.
They said he was very helpful in their investigation.

 

 

Police said they found hair, blood and bone fragments upstairs. In a guitar case at the home, police found two 17-inch pieces of metal wrapped at one end with cloth. An affidavit said metal pieces "had the appearance of a homemade weapon/club, capable of causing death if used as a weapon." They also appeared to have blood on them.

 

 

Police said all of the bodies were found in the basement of the house.
Some were wrapped in sheets and blankets.

 

 

The warrant also said one of the victims was found with obvious head wounds.

 

 

The house is located at 81 East Main St., Leola.

 

 

It is in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

 

 

Police said three of the victims inside the house were bludgeoned.

 

 

Police removed bags of evidence from the home.

 

 

Police listed the victims as: Emily Wise, 64, suspect's grandmother, Wanda Wise, 45, suspect's aunt, Arlene Wise, 30, suspect's aunt, Skylar Wise, 19, suspect's cousin, Chance Wise, 5, suspect's cousin, Jessie James Wise, 17, suspect's cousin.

 

 

Leola has about 750 residents. The Wise family had moved to the area about six months ago
from New Holland, which is just a few miles away.

 

 

Flowers, stuffed animals and candles are shown as part of a makeshift memorial in Leola, Pa., outside the home where six bodies were found, in this April 14, 2006, file photo. Jesse D. "Jay" Wise, 22, pleaded guilty Friday, june 15, 2007, to six counts of criminal homicide and was sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating and stabbing six family members inside their home. At the request of the surviving family members, prosecutors said they agreed not to seek the death penalty against Wise in the killings.

 

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