Philadelphia police say they responded in early November 5 to a report of a person in distress. Police entered the home and found a man, later identified as Albert Chernoff, who was partially tied to the bed with a severe head wound and multiple slashes to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman was seen leaving the property before police arrived, and police released surveillance video from inside the home in an attempt to identify her. The girl, who is 14 years old, came with her mother and two defense attorneys to get herself in, police said.
He was arrested on November 8 and a preliminary hearing is set for November 27, court documents show. Since his arrest, the surveillance video has since been removed, police said.
Police have not named the girl. adult court.
One of the teen's lawyers, Howard Taylor, told CNN that the girl was currently in juvenile detention. says. "There's more to it."
Asked if he was a victim, he stated that "he would not put it in that range," but added that "he was not completely innocent either."  Chernoff is a prominent animal advocate in Philadelphia. In the wake of his death, the makers of the documentary film "The Cat Rescuers" shared a short video of Chernoff, showing his cat tattoos, and praised his "warmth and affiliation."