Delrico Trevo McClinton

Delrico Trevo McClinton

State police in Pittsburgh have provided more details into an alleged murder confession from a Penn Hills man who was being housed in the Cambria County Prison on a probation violation earlier this month.

On June 17, state police said Delrico Trevo McClinton, 28, asked a counselor at the Cambria County Prison to speak with law enforcement.

During an interview with a detective from the Cambria County District Attorney's Office, McClinton allegedly said he had consensual sex with and then killed a woman he only knew as "Whitney" at a Maple Street home in East Pittsburgh in the early hours of June 1.

A press release from state police says several troopers then responded to the address provided by McClinton.

"The troopers were unable to make contact with any occupants and did speak to several neighbors that were complaining of a foul odor in the area," the release says.

Troopers eventually entered the residence and located the body of Whitney Maleeca Lyn Boyer, 25, of Pittsburgh, in the basement of the home.

State police were then joined by the forensic services unit collision analysis and reconstruction specialists and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Boyer was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification and autopsy.

State police next interviewed Michelle Travis, the tenant at the address where Boyer's body was found.

Travis told police she had not been at her residence for more than a month due to personal reasons.

"Travis explained that she had dated McClinton in the past and that he had stayed at her residence temporarily," a press release says. "Travis related that her relationship with McClinton had ended and she told him toward the end of May 2019 that he is 'absolutely' not allowed to stay at the residence any longer."

Members of the state police crime unit then conducted a follow-up interview with McClinton at the Cambria County Jail on June 17, when he allegedly revealed that he had stolen Boyer's credit card after killing her.

"McClinton related that he used the card to purchase cigarettes at the local gas station and at a Walmart located in North Versailles," state police wrote in a press release.

According to state police, McClinton also told them he took Boyer's phone and used it to contact a Lyft driver throughout the day until its battery died.

After taking out at least $200 in cash from Boyer's credit card, McClinton allegedly told police he threw the card on the ground in the Walmart parking lot.

McClinton has been charged with criminal homicide, burglary and theft by unlawful taking. He is awaiting his preliminary arraignment and preliminary hearing, according to online court documents.

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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