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Exterminator charged with strangling Phila. doctor; police say something went 'terribly wrong'

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    A photograph of 36-year-old Jason Smith is displayed at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. Homicide unit Capt. James Clark says Smith, an exterminator, has been charged with strangling a young Philadelphia doctor found bound and burned in her city row home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Jason Smith. Philadelphia homicide unit Capt. James Clark said on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, Smith, 36, an exterminator, has been charged with strangling 35-year-old Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, who was found bound and burned in her city row home on Monday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department) (The Associated Press)

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    Homicide unit Capt. James Clark speaks during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. Clark says an exterminator, 36-year-old Jason Smith, has been charged with strangling a young Philadelphia doctor found bound and burned in her city row home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

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    A Philadelphia Police crime scene unit officer walks down the 1700 block of Naudain St. in Center City where a woman was found burned to death in her basement, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small says firefighters responding to the home Monday afternoon found the woman's body on fire, with her ankles and wrists bound. Officer Christine O'Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the victim has been identified as 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti. O'Brien says the cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Ron Tarver) MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUT (The Associated Press)

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    Homicide unit Capt. James Clark speaks during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Philadelphia. Clark says an exterminator, 36-year-old Jason Smith, has been charged with strangling a young Philadelphia doctor found bound and burned in her city row home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

The pediatrician ran some errands, then returned to her downtown Philadelphia rowhouse to meet with an exterminator about a rodent problem.

It was there, police say, that something went "terribly wrong."

Authorities say the exterminator got into an argument with Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, then strangled her, bound her body and set it ablaze in an apparent attempt to get rid of the evidence.

Thirty-six-year-old Jason Smith of Levittown is charged with murder, arson and other offenses. Authorities say he had no prior criminal history other than minor traffic offenses.

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