A Williams Township man died as a result of self-inflicted hammer blows to his head, officials have determined
Michael Muretta struggled for years with mental illness. His struggle reached a horrific end last August when the 47-year-old Williams Township man struck himself in the head with a hammer, causing fatal injuries. That was the conclusion reached by investigators looking into Muretta's death, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday. At a news conference at his office, Morganelli told reporters that Muretta's history --combined with physical evidence at his home and no evidence of anyone who wished him harm -- will lead the coroner to rule his death a suicide. It's not clear whether Murettta intended to kill himself. The hammer blows may have been a response to the symptoms of the schizophrenia Muretta suffered …
Family members have told a local newspaper that Michael Muretta's death was a suicide.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, January 17
A Williams Township man whose death was deemed suspicious by police last year committed suicide, said members of his family. That's according to the Morning Call, which spoke to relatives of Michael Muretta Thursday morning, a few hours before the Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli was due to hold a press conference to discuss the case. Muretta, 47, was found severely injured inside his Morgan Hill Road home in August of last year. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. At the time, police ruled his death "suspicious." Authorities said wounds to Muretta's body were consistent with a hammer, and investigators seized several tools from the home after his death. Morganelli's news conference is …