2010-04-08 / Local & State

Arrest Made In Pa. Attempted Rape, Beating

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police in Philadelphia have made an arrest in the attempted rape and fatal beating of a woman behind a city deli.

Twenty-one-year-old Sharod Graham is facing murder and attempted rape charges in the vicious assault that killed Eraina Merritt.

Police said deli employees went behind the store to take out the trash and saw a man hitting a naked woman on the ground. They broke up the attack and the assailant fled.

The 47-year-old mother of four never regained consciousness after the March assault in the city’s Olney neighborhood, and police could not interview her. She died Monday of her injuries.

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