Police: Delaware Co. killing result of love triangle

June 23, 2010 1:51:57 PM PDT
A love triangle ended with one man dead and the owner of a well-known Delaware County business behind bars, police said.

Investigators tell Action News that Sean Burton, 42, owner of Final Impact in Springfield, was charged with the robbery and murder of 32-year-old James Stropas.

Police say Stropas was dating Burton's ex-wife, and the Springfield Police chief says they have a lot of evidence that shows Burton was jealous of Storpas.

Burton was escorted out of his arraignment late Monday night bound in shackles and his hands covered in bandages, apparently from the deadly altercation earlier in the day.

The incident began at a strip mall along Baltimore Pike. A witness reported seeing two men arguing as they got in a white Jeep Cherokee in a shopping center parking lot at Paper Mill Road and Baltimore Pike.

The fight apparently escalated and Stropas was stabbed as the two drove southbound Baltimore Pike.

Two detectives from Delaware County were passing by and followed the Jeep into Smedley Park. That's where Burton was arrested and Stropas was found dead inside the vehicle, according to police.

Reports indicate that Stropas suffered a fatal slash to the throat.

When police asked Burton if he knew Stropas, Burton replied, "Kind of. It's a long story," according to police.

Burton is being charged with murder, robbery and other charges.