Teen arrested in killing of Bucks Co. musician

Danny DeGennaro

March 13, 2012 3:48:33 PM PDT
Authorities in Bucks County say a teenage girl has been arrested in the killing of a local musician, and the search is on for three accomplices.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced that Danasia Bakr has been arrested for the killing of 56-year-old Danny DeGennaro.

According to court documents, Bakr is a 17-year-old from Morrisville, Pa. Heckler said she is charged with criminal homicide, robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, conspiracy and other offenses.

Authorities say Bakr was the getaway driver who went to DeGennaro's house with four friends to rob him.

Regarding the other four suspects, Heckler said one is already in custody on unrelated charges. The other three are still at large.

Addressing those three directly, Heckler said, "We are coming. This is the time for you to come forward and address your involvement in this crime. When you hear the knock of the federal marshals on your door, it will be too late."

DeGennaro died on the night of December 28th at his home on Crabtree Drive in Levittown. His brother, Gary, told Action News during an interview in February that Danny would often sit at his kitchen table to write songs and play his guitar.

According to Gary, investigators believe Danny was doing just that when he was shot.

Heckler revealed that prosecutors now believe the suspects' original plan was to lure DeGennaro outside to rob him. Heckler said the group called a phone number they saw in a car parked outside DeGennaro's house, believing the number was DeGennaro's.

The number actually was that of a neighbor. Heckler said when the suspects realized they had failed to reach DeGennaro, they decided to enter his home and rob him. That eventually led to DeGennaro's murder.

Heckler also said the misplaced phone call turned out to be a key piece of evidence that eventually led them to the suspects.