Police and prosecutors have offered no evidence that the fatal shooting of a Republican activist outside Philadelphia was politically motivated, despite online stories that strongly suggest his assailant was inspired by hatred of President Donald Trump.
Clayton Carter, of West Goshen Township, is charged with first-degree murder. Police say he shot his next-door neighbor twice in the head early Tuesday.
The victim, Brooks Jennings, was a GOP committeeman, and Carter had anti-Trump signs in his yard. That prompted several right-wing websites to post misleading and inflammatory stories that made a connection between Carter's opposition to the president and Jennings's slaying.
But there's been no suggestion by authorities that one had anything to do with the other. A Republican Party official in Chester County says the shooting wasn't inspired by politics.