LANCASTER – A Lancaster County man will face a single count of criminal homicide following a preliminary hearing. A judge found the evidence presented was sufficient to hold over charges against 20-year-old Joel Ayala Jr. of the 2900 block of Spring Valley Road in East Hempfield Township regarding the March 10th shooting of his sister, 22-year-old Linnette Ayala. Authorities say Ayala’s father called police to report that he had found his daughter deceased in the garage of his home. Police asked Ayala Jr. if he was responsible for his sister’s death and he responded, “Yes.” The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of the victim’s death to be multiple gunshot wounds.

JOEL AYALA, JR.