The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has approved a charge of criminal homicide against Jason Shackelford, 39 of Columbia, regarding the killing in Columbia on Feb. 8 into Feb. 9, 2023.
Shackelford is currently in Lancaster County Prison. Shackelford was detained by East Lampeter Township Police and transported to the Columbia Borough Police Department to be interviewed on Feb. 10.
During his interview with Columbia Borough Police, Shackelford admitted he raped and killed his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter (Victim 1) on the night of Feb. 8 into the morning of Feb. 9 at a home in the 500 block of Avenue H in Columbia. He stated he attempted to conceal the victim’s body in a freezer in the basement. During an initial search of the home by the Columbia Borough Police Department, police discovered the body of a juvenile female located inside a chest freezer in the basement of the home.
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