FRANKLIN (Somerset) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for the April 2020 homicide of a Franklin Township resident, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office has announced.

Juaquan Fitzgerald, 33, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree unlawfully disturbing human remains, and weapons offenses.

According to officials, Fitzgerald is responsible for the death of 27-year-old Duane Banks, whose body was found in a wooded area near the rear of his residence on Park Street on Apr. 29, 2020.

Officers confirmed the presence of the body and immediately secured the area as a crime scene. An autopsy determined that the death was the result of a homicide.

A lengthy investigation ultimately resulted in Fitzgerald's arrest on Aug. 31, in Philadelphia.

He'll remain lodged in a Philadelphia correctional facility pending an extradition hearing.

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