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Teen-Age Son Charged In Parent Slayings

December 6, 1988

LEESPORT, Pa. (AP) _ A teen-ager has been charged with killing his parents, both found shot in the head, because his mother accused him of using illegal drugs, authorities report.

The bodies of Dr. Donovan Donly, 54, and his wife, Suzanne, 49, were found Sunday in the kitchen of their home outside Reading.

Rory Donly was charged with murder, criminal homicide and voluntary manslaughter. Berks County Assistant District Attorney Mark Baldwin said he would ask to have bail set at $1 million. A preliminary hearing will be Dec. 14.

Rory, who will be 17 next week, will be tried as an adult, Baldwin said.

The shootings occurred Saturday afternoon and young Donly was believed to have used a .22-caliber rifle which was found leaning against a tree outside the home, Baldwin said.

While being questioned, the Schuylkill Valley High School junior admitted shooting his parents, according to court documents filed Sunday during a preliminary arraignment.

″He said he was having an argument with his mother over whether he was using narcotics or not,″ Baldwin said.

Donly operated a general medical practice and was on the staff at Reading Community General Hospital.

Investigators said Donly was at the hospital Saturday when he received an urgent call in the afternoon to go home. District Attorney George C. Yatron said investigators believe Mrs. Donly was shot first, while preparing dinner, and Donly was shot a short time later when he returned home.

Police were called Sunday by Dr. Eugene Shippen, once associated with Donly, who went to the home at the request of Donly’s answering service.

The Donlys had four other children, who all live elsewhere.

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