Coroner releases cause of death for Courtney McGhee

A news release late Wednesday by Centre County coroner Scott Sayers indicated that the autopsy of Courtney McGhee, 41, was completed that day. The release states that Courtney McGhee died “as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death is homicide.”

It’s unclear at this time if Charles McGhee, 37, will still be charged with a homicide count of aggravated arson following the coroner’s news release. DA Stacy Parks Miller said Thursday that McGhee was not being charged with homicide by arson, but the court docket indicates he is being charged with both aggravated assault and homicide due to the fire.

McGhee was charged for his alleged role in the death of his wife late Monday. He was arraigned Tuesday and faces homicide charges of first-degree murder and aggravated arson.

State police in Emporium have released the details of the car crash that ended Charles McGhee’s flight from police Monday.

According to the crash report, both vehicles were traveling east on Interstate 80 in Clinton County when McGhee’s vehicle struck a tractor-trailer, driven by Francisco Monslave, 52, of Ellenville, N.Y. McGhee’s sedan then exited the roadway, entered the median and struck a tree.

The sedan was towed from the scene and McGhee, 37, was taken to Lock Haven Hospital, police said. The tractor-trailer suffered a flat tire.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews