Daughter says she’s being framed for the murder of her father, his girlfriend

Prosecutors in Ocean County say Sherry Lee Heffernan will be extradited from Pennsylvania to face two counts each of murder and weapons charges but she says she’s being framed in the slaying of  her 87-year-old father and his girlfriend at his New Jersey Shore home.

Sherry Lee Heffernan

Heffernan, 55, was arrested Oct. 4 in Landenberg, Pennsylvania after the bodies of John Enders and 75-year-old Francoise Pitoy of Manchester were discovered on Oct. 3 at his home in Surf City.

Police said both victims had suffered stab wounds while a medical exam determined Enders also was to have suffered blunt force trauma.

Heffernan appeared before a Chester County judge Friday and agreed to waive her rights regarding extradition, the Daily Local News of West Chester reported. She said she would have surrendered herself in New Jersey “if I had known I was wanted for something.”

As she was led from the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles after the brief hearing, a reporter asked if she wanted to say anything about the charges against her. “Not guilty,” she said. “I’m being framed.”

New Jersey authorities allege that Heffernan was upset with her father because she had been cut out of his will. They allege that she traveled to the home on Long Beach Island in her Winnebago recreational vehicle the night of Sept. 29. The bodies were found after Pitoy’s daughter said she had not heard from her mother and was worried.

Before being returned to New Jersey, Heffernan must face retail theft and receiving stolen property charges in neighboring Montgomery County since failing to appear for hearings following an October 2019 arrest by Upper Providence police, the newspaper reported.

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