WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A second woman has been charged in the death of a Woonsocket man earlier this year, according to Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates.
Danielle Pamula, 38, was arraigned Friday on one count of murder in connection with the death of her father, 70-year-old Joseph Pamula.
On Jan. 30, Danielle said she went upstairs to take a nap while her twin sister, Jennifer Pamula, was fighting with their father over “selling the house and getting rid of 12 cats.”
When she woke up, Danielle told police she found their father lying on the kitchen floor with a large pair of garden shears sticking out of his neck and Jennifer unresponsive with pills next to her. She then called for help.
Officers arriving at the Cato Street home found Jennifer on the living room floor covered in blood, according to court documents.
When one of the officers asked Jennifer if she was OK, court documents say she reportedly uttered, “I had to do it.” Jennifer was then charged with first-degree domestic murder.
Danielle spent the following weeks in various facilities and told workers there she was involved in her father’s death. When interviewed by the police, officials said Danielle originally took full responsibility but was confronted about matching injuries on her and her sister’s hands.
Police said Danielle eventually admitted that both she and Jennifer had taken part in the killing of their father.
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The police report obtained by 12 News shows that in addition to the garden shears, investigators removed more than 50 pieces of evidence from the home including knives, a saw, a gargoyle head, stone fragments with and without blood, and clothing from both sisters.
Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Oates later revealed that Joseph Pamula also suffered blunt force trauma.
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Oates previously told 12 News police had responded to the home several times in the past.
“There were several minor incidents between them … disagreements over family issues,” he said. “But none of those issues rose to the level where anyone was assaulted or was violent.”
Danielle was ordered held without bail and is due back in court April 7.