Trial ordered in Center City hotel murder

February 8, 2011 10:30:55 AM PST
A man described by police as a transgender prostitute has been ordered held for trial in connection with a murder at a hotel in Center City Philadelphia.

Herman Burton, 22, of the 2400 block of South 63rd Street in Philadelphia, was in court on Tuesday. He is accused of killing 49-year-old Patrick Brady of Thorndale, Chester County back in late October.

Prosecutors allege that Burton strangled Brady, then set a fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Burton was arrested a few days after the killing in the area of 12th and Spruce. Investigators said he still had some of Brady's personal possessions on him at the time, including a cell phone, credit cards and ID.

Police say Burton has a lengthy arrest record for prostitution and violent crimes.

Action News has learned that Brady worked in the IT Department at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, and would often stay in a hotel when work required him to be in the city.

The manager said Brady had been a guest of The Omni before.