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A-9 1992 HOMICIDES Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Tuesday, January 19, 1993 D rugs a factor in many killings HOMICIDES FROM PAGE A-8 April 22 Glen Masciola Police said a homeless man pushed Glen Masciola into the Allegheny River April 22. Initially, Mark Williamson, 30, a drifter originally from California, was charged with assault for pushing Masciola, 35, of Green Tree, into the river. But when Masciola's body was found in the Ohio River, the charge was changed to homicide. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter. He will be sentenced March 16. April 25 Gregory Holder Police said Gregory Holder, 36, of Bulger, Washington County, was in Broadhead Manor attempting to buy $40 worth of crack cocaine when a man standing on the corner ordered him to give him the money. Holder began to back up his car and was shot, police said. Detectives identified the gunman as Rufus Carter, 20, of Youngstown, Ohio. He was arrested May 1 1 . He was convicted Oct. 2 of third-degree murder. May 4 Michael Hickmott A Shadyside resident, Robert Wayne Marshall, 37, who told friends he was a "neo-Nazi vampire," was charged in the strangulation and dismemberment of Michael Hickmott, 30, of East Liberty. Hickmott's body parts were found in garbage bags in three trash bins in Shadyside May 4. Four days later, Marshall's body was found in an abandoned Strip District warehouse, the victim of a suicide. May 7 Damon Riley , Four-month-old Damon Riley was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital after paramedics were summoned to the baby's Hazelwood home. An autopsy determined that the baby's death was a homicide caused by blows to the trunk, and his mother, Levone Riley, 17, was charged in the death. Riley initially told police that the baby had been injured when he fell out of a chair, but Coroner Dr. Joshua A. Perper said the injuries were , not the result of a "casual fall." A hearing for Levone Riley in June was postponed indefinitely because a psychological evaluation determined that Riley was not competent to stand trial. May 13 John Martorano . John Martorano, 47, of Elizabeth Township, and his wife. Donna, 42, had conspired to have their home burned so they could collect the insurance money, police said. The plan failed, and Donna hired two Texas men her cousin, Jimmie Lee McWhirter, 59, of Fort Worth, and Marland Dale Collins, 36, of Mineral Wells to kill her husband. McWhirter testified at a coroner's hearing that Collins followed John Martorano into a wood-' ed area behind a Clairton apartment complex and shot him. Donna Martorano and Collins have been ordered to stand trial on the homicide charge. McWhirter, who testified against . them, faces charges of conspiracy to commit homicide and arson fraud. May 13 Corey D. Staples ' Corey D. Staples, 23 of Duquesne, was shot five times as he stood near his home in Burns Heights. He was taken to McKeesport Hospital, suffering from gunshot wounds of the chest, thigh and knee. Police charged George Boyd, 19, of Wilkinsburg, and an un- . named juvenile in the homicide. They are awaiting trial. May 19 Michelle Moore Michelle Moore, 23, of Bennett Street, Homewood, was last seen alive May 16. Three days later, the body of the mother of three was found on a hillside in East Liberty. She had been strangled with a bra, an autopsy indicated. No suspect has been arrested in her death. May 24 Aaron Malngault Like homicide victim Gregory Holder, Aaron Maingault of Woodlow Street, Elliott, was in Broadhead Manor trying to buy drugs when he was killed early in the morning, detectives said. Police said Maingault was shot in the neck by Claudis "Rookie" Lawrence, 19. of Fairwood Street, Broadhead Manor. A warrant charging Lawrence with homicide was issued but he remains at large. May 27 Demetrla Holland The grandmother of Demetria Holland reported the 15-year-old girl missing from their Rural Street home in East Liberty the night before her body was found about 6:1 5 a.m. in a Point Breeze parking lot. A student at Arsenal Middle School in Lawrenceville, Holland had been struck in the back of the head and strangled. No suspect has been identified. June 3 Larry Johnson Larry Johnson was at a party celebrating the 60th birthday of his friend and Hill District neighbor, Robert Mills, when the two men argued over Johnson's demand that Mills lend him $20. The argument in Mills' Summer Street apartment escalated, Mills got a .22-caliber rifle and fatally shot Johnson, 37, in the stomach. Mills' attorney contended that the shooting was an accident, but Common Pleas Court Judge Walter R. Little convicted Mills of third-degree murder. June 7 Martin Sunday Martin Sunday had gone to McKees Rocks Terrace to buy crack cocaine. But before the sale was completed, Sunday, 30, of Stowe, started to drive off. David Tracey, 18, of McKees Rocks Terrace, testified at a coroner's hearing that he punched Sunday, trying to force him to stop the car so Tracey could get out. But shots were fired from a car parked behind Sunday's, killing him. Police arrested Tracey, Edward Hooten, 16, and De-Marco Thomas, 17, both of McKees Rocks. Thomas was charged with homicide and ordered to stand trial. Charges against Tracey were reduced to assault. Those against Hooten were dropped. June 8 Melvln Parker Melvin Parker was walking in Terrace Village April 3 when he was run over by a car and then beaten in the head with a hammer by a man with whom he had been feuding for at least a year, police said. William Haney III, 43, of the Hill District was arrested in the attack that eventually led to Parker's death two months later of pneumonia brought on by severe head and neck injuries. Police said the feud between the two men apparently started when Parker, 39, of the Hill, claimed that Haney charged Parker's sister too much for a jitney cab ride. During the feud, Parker beat Haney with a baseball bat and threw acid on Haney's hands, officers said. On the day Parker was attacked, he threatened Hane's life, police said. Haney then ran down Parker with his jitney, got out of the cab and struck him seven times. June 13 David Hurley David Hurley had gone to buy doughnuts for his Cub Scout pack. On his way home, Hurley, 34, of Turtle Creek, was involved in a minor traffic accident on Business Route 22 in Wilkins. Both drivers stopped, but the driver of the other car shot Hurley with a handgun, police said. The victim ran to his car, drove home and told his wife he had been shot. He died later in Presbyterian University Hospital. The case remains unsolved. June 16 Scott Bergsteln Scott Bergstein, 29, a convicted burglar from Squirrel Hill, was placed in the Restrictive Housing Unit at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh June 10. His cellmate in Yvette Boxley holds a family portrait March 29 in McKees Rocks by men the unit, where inmates are locked up 22 hours a day, was convicted murderer Michael Dennis Tacker, 34, of Allentown. Six days later, Bergstein's body was found in his cell. He had been stabbed 19 times in the chest and once in the neck. Two weeks later, Tacker was charged with homicide. At a coroner's hearing, a state trooper testified that Tacker said Berstein had threatened him with a knife about 1 1 :45 p.m. June 15. Tacker said he disarmed Bergstein and stabbed him when the victim came at him. Gilkes held Tacker for trial on the charge and convened an inquest in an effort to determine whether placing the inmates together had led to the death and whether that amounted to such gross negligence or recklessness that criminal charges against jail officials would be appropriate. Gilkes has not issued a ruling in the matter. On Aug. 3, Tacker and another inmate, Rickey Neil Tucker, 38, a convicted burglar and robber, were charged in the Jan. 1 6 beating death of another inmate, Angelo Grekis. Both men are awaiting trial in that homicide. June 27 J.C. Pettaway The body of J.C. Pettaway, 44, of Penn Hills, was found in the hallway of the seventh floor of Liberty Park Apartments, 6209 Broad St., East Liberty, the victim of a stabbing. Arrested as two of Pettaway's three assailants were Gregory L. Castaphney, 28, of Lenora Street, East Liberty, and Floyd Jackson, 20, of Paulson Avenue, East Liberty. At a coroner's hearing for the suspects, a detective testified that Castaphney said the three men had gone to the high-rise looking for Pettaway to tell him to "back off" from robbing drug dealers. Jackson would only tell police that the incident was a robbery, a detective testified. June 30 Lamar Coles Witnesses have refused to talk to police about the drive-by shooting that left Lamar Coles dead. Coles, 17, Seagart Street, Wilkinsburg, was shot at 1 :30 a.m. as a group of people congregated in the 1400 block of Swissvale Avenue. Two others were injured, but they, too, refused to cooperate with police. Coles had been arrested in the Jan. 31 , 1991, shooting death of Frank Alford, 19, of North Braddock Avenue, Brushton, but the charges were dropped. June 30 Terry Trammell Detectives responding to the unexplained death of a 2-month-old Terry Trammell in his Terrace Village apartment found it to be filthy and roach-infested. The baby was found dead on his bed in the Burrows Street apartment he shared with his parents, John E. Trammell, 39, and Margaret Everett, 23, and three siblings, ages 3, 2 and 1. There was no food in the apartment other than an opened bottle of curdled baby formula and an unopened bottle of formula. An au-' topsy determined that malnutrition caused the death. At an open inquest in September, Gilkes ruled the death a homicide and recommended that the parents be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Caseworkers from county Children & Youth Services testified that Everett had mild to moderate retardation and that the agency had been involved with the family since the first child was born. That child had to be hospitalized after two months because it was undernourished. At a coroner's hearing in November, the couple was held for trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. July 1 Margaret Campolo Authorities are still trying to determine who put a pesticide in Margaret Campolo's intravenous feeding bag at the St. Margaret Seneca Place Nursing Home in Penn Hills. Staff members at the nursing home discovered the poisoning May 21 . Campolo, 76, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where she died July 1 of complications brought on by ingesting the pesticide Diazinon. She had been a resident in the home since suffering a debilitating stroke 1 5 months earlier. No one has been arrested in the killing. July 2 Harold Uoyd A fingerprint on an inside windowsill in a Squirrel Hill group home for mildly retarded adults led police to Ahmad Jamal Thomas. Detectives said that after his arrest, Thomas, 22, of McKeesport, said he killed Harold Lloyd, 25, during an aborted burglary at the Children's Aid Home at 5823 Morrowfield St. After searching one bedroom for money or jewelry, he walked into Lloyd's bedroom. When Uoyd awoke and began screaming, Thomas pulled out a .25-caliber gun and shot him in the chest and head, he told detectives. In August, Thomas was held for trial. July 16 Allen Tyus An argument on Shetland Street in East Liberty ended in the fatal shooting of Allen Tyus, 44, of Lincoln Avenue, East Liberty. Four days later, Eugene Brooks, 65, who lived around the corner from the shooting scene, turned himself in to police. At a coroner's hearing July 29, a detective said Brooks told him the shooting stemmed from an incident a year earlier when Tyus beat up Brooks and then robbed him of $400. On the day of the shooting, Brooks told detectives, Tyus threatened to beat him again and he shot Tyus in the back of the head. July 16 Klmberly Hallas Kimberly Hallas, 29, had been missing since Aug. 20, 1990, when her husband notified police of her disappearance. Decomposed human remains found in a wooded area off Lovedale Road in Elizabeth Borough were identified as Hallas'. An autopsy revealed that she was smothered with a material that was found lodged in her throat and that she had died around the time of her disappearance. Detectives had been investigating the case since Sept. 4, 1990, when her purse was found in weeds near a guard rail along - '.-'tf-y;.' '-v:::5? y?' '--: ..- . . " ' s y 9 :-, - Peter DianaPost-Gazette showing her older son, Love; daughter, Amber; and son, Robert Moye, 1 5, who was mistakenly shot to death police say were seeking to gun down Love. Police said Moye's death triggered a series of retaliatory shootings. t i 1 -4" ""mum t0$ ' VS. K. ' ' f x. r , iairiiiaMiii3iSirlTiriiiiiBii iiimiiimniii David Hurley Killing still unsolved Fifth Avenue in McKeesport. Police said Dana Rex Foster, 40, formerly of McKeesport, faked a suicide in order to elude police in the death of a McKeesport teen-ager and that they considered him a suspect in Hallas' death. July 19 Joseph Mineo Police initially thought it was a fatal traffic accident on Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. But when the victim, Joseph Mineo, 35, of Plum, was taken to the coroner's office, a gunshot wound was found in his head. Police said the accident occurred after the shooting. No one has been arrested in Mineo's death and police still have not determined a motive. Mineo's family has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. July 26 Jessica Freeman Jessica Freeman was a prostitute who was last seen alive Downtown about an hour before her body was found lying on the side of Willis Road in Bethel Park, county police said. Freeman, 1 5, had run away from a foster home in North Braddock. An autopsy revealed that she was smothered and beaten in the head. Police have no suspects in her death. July 26 Dean O'Halloran When Dean O'Halloran attacked his girlfriend, police said, Michael P. Youngker, 21, of Penn Hills, intervened. O'Halloran, 31, put his girlfriend, Anita Ferguson, in a stranglehold when she asked him why he had taken her car. Youngker, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 275 pounds, shoved O'Halloran, 5 feet 6 inches and 158 pounds. O'Halloran died of injuries he suffered when his head hit a wall. July 26 Clarence Austin A planned ambush by a Hill District gang backfired when one of the dozen gunmen was fatally shot in the back of the head by a fellow gang member, police said. The victim, Clarence Austin, 21 , of Wadsworth Avenue, was shot as he moved into the line of fire of the other 1 1 or so gunmen who stood on a wooded hillside at Kirkpatrick and Rose streets, detectives reported. As many as 50 rounds were fired by the dozen or so gunmen using shotguns and 9mm and .38-caliber handguns. Police said they mistakenly shot at a passing car, which did not contain members of a rival, Homewood gang. Two of the shots hit the car. The fight between the two gangs had started two days before the shooting at a rap concert at Station Square. No one was charged with homicide in the case. Two of the gang members pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. July 31 John Doe Nearly six months after his body was found on the North Shore, the identity of the victim of a beating and drowning remains unknown. Detectives arrested Arthur Riley, 30, of the North Side and charged him with hitting the unknown man in the head and pushing him off the shore into the Allegheny River between the Sixth and Seventh Street bridges. The victim was a white man between 35 and 45 years old, the coroner's office said. Aug. 2 Darren Northcut Witnesses said they saw Darren Northcut, 24, and Benton "Buttons" Nixon, 28, both of the North Side, fighting during a dance at the Athletic Club on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks. One man said he saw Nixon with a knife in his hand. Northcut was found lying in a McKees Rocks parking lot near the municipal building, suffering from multiple stab wounds at 4:05 a.m. He died at Allegheny General Hospital about three hours later. Nixon was ordered to stand trial on a homicide charge. Aug. 9 Kevin Allen The Three Rivers Regatta was the scene of a beating death on the Monongahela Parking Wharf when four suspects, including two juveniles, attacked a man walking with his girlfriend, detectives said. Killed in the beating was Kevin Allen, 21 , of Shadyside. Awaiting trial in the case are Michael Lucas, 18, of Brentwood; Christian Rink, 17, and Richard Donelly, 1 7, both of Carrick, and Mark Win-kowski, 19, of Mount Oliver. At a coroner's hearing, Allen's girlfriend of six years, Amy Struzinski, 21, testified that Lucas accused Allen of having a problem with a friend of his. She said neither she nor Allen knew Lucas or what he was referring to. Win-kowski threw beer from a cup on her, she testified, and when Allen went after Winkowski, Lucas punched him in the face. Allen was knocked down and Winkowski and Lucas kept kicking him in the head during a beating that lasted about six minutes, she testified. She said Rink also punched Allen as he lay on the ground. Aug. 7 Rodney Webster City police Officers Jerome Akers and Richard McDonald said they shot and killed Rodney Webster in Northview Heights because he pointed a gun at them and they feared for their lives. Based on testimony about the incident, a coroner's jury took three hours on Aug. 26 to clear the officers of wrongdoing in the case. At the time of his death, Webster was a suspect in the non-fatal shooting of a man on the North Side that had occurred about an hour before he was shot. Aug. 10 James Duncan Nathaniel Love told detectives that he killed James Duncan by striking him with his van after Duncan had impersonated a police officer and fired a gun at him. After a coroner's hearing, Love, 36, of Lawrenceville, was held for trial on a homicide charge in the death of Duncan, 44. Duncan's body was found in Snow Way near his Morn-ingside home 2V4 hours after the incident in Bloomfield. Love told police that Duncan approached him as he talked with some people on a corner at Canoe and Woolslayer ways, identified himself as a police officer and complained about the way Love had talked to a gas station attendant a short time earlier. Love said Duncan pulled out a gun and fired it into the ground before jumping into his car and driving away to Canoe and Cabinet Way, where he was fatally injured. The district attorney's office said that even if Duncan had fired a gun at Love in Bloom-field earlier, there was no justification for Love later striking Duncan with his van. Aug. 12 Shauntel Segers Shauntel Segers, 24, died two days after she was shot once in the back of the head Aug. 10 in the Highland Park home she shared with Victor McKeever, 30. McKeever was charged in the slaying and was held for trial. At an Aug. 20 coroner's hearing, a detective said McKeever contended that the shooting was an accident as the couple struggled over a handgun. McKeever told detectives that a call from a woman who asked for him angered Segers so much that she got a gun and that he was struggling to take it from her when the shooting occurred. Bui authorities said McKeever's statement was inconsistent with the fact that Segers was shot from behind. Aug.17-UsaMuko Hours after Lisa Muko and her estranged husband, Larry, worked out the details of a protection-from-abuse order, he took her hostage in his Monroeville home. After waiting outside for more than 12 hours, Allegheny County police rushed the house only to find both Mukos dead. Perper ruled that Larry Muko had shot Lisa, 1 9, three times in the head, then turned the gun on himself. The couple had been married for about 1 Vi years. Lisa had complained that her husband beat her, but his attorney, Patrick J. Thomassey, said he denied it. Aug. 19 Charles Young Early on the morning of Aug. 19, Charles Young, 21 , of Dinwiddie Street, Hill District, was standing on Bentley Drive, Terrace Village, when a car drove by and 30 to 40 shots were fired from it. The shots killed Young and wounded Gaydale Williams, 35, of Bentley Drive. Charged as being two of the four people in the car were Kevin McCaskill, 23, and Michael Strothers, 19, both of Hazelwood. They have been ordered to stand trial, but the two other men said to have been in the car remain unidentified and at large. Aug. 1 2 Tequila McClain Arvell Thomas, 37, of Penn Avenue, Lawrenceville, walked into the Police Bureau's Traffic Division in the Strip District and told officers that someone ought to check on his common-law wife, Tequila McClain, 32, because he had hit her with an ashtray. When officers went to the couple's apartment, they found McClain dead. Thomas was arraigned on a homicide charge. Aug. 19 Ronald Davis Ronald Davis, 39, of Knoxville was walking in Beltzhoover when he was accosted by about a half dozen teen-agers, knocked to the ground and shot twice. Charged in the homicide was James D. Hough, 17. He was held for trial on the homicide charge. Aug. 25 Mark Jones Two men wearing ski masks and dark clothing and carrying large automatic weapons walked into the apartment Mark Jones shared with Anthony Givner on Center Avenue in Wilkinsburg. Jones, 22, was shot in the face. He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died. Givner, 20, a suspect in the shooting, was arrested on drug charges and jailed. He hanged himself in the Allegheny County Jail the same day. County homicide detectives said they believed that Jones' death was drug- related. They are still looking for the assailants, but acknowledged that Givner had been a suspect. Aug. 29 Daniel Higglns It started with what two men perceived as a dirty look. It ended with Daniel Higgins, 20, of Trafford, dead of a head injury at the bottom of a Pitcairn hillside. Higgins had gone to a party with a friend, but both left when they learned that two men James Owens, 19, and Nevin Edwards, 20 were going to cause trouble, witnesses testified. Owens and Edwards believed Higgins and his friend Daniel Rogers, had given them dirty looks, according to testimony at a coroner's hearing, The assailants followed the victims out of the apartment and a fight started. Rogers said he suffered a concussion when Edwards punched him in the face. Other partygoers testified that Owens punched Higgins, who then ran away with Owens and Edwards chasing him. The victim's body was found at the bottom of the hillside near where he ran while being chased, witnesses testified. Edwards and Owens are awaiting trial. Sept 5 John A. Flara Jr. Police said John A. Flara Jr., 26, of Hays, broke into the basement of a building at 510 N. State St., Clairton. As he climbed the stairs to the first floor, Michael Thomas Dowden, 24, who lived on the second floor, told police he heard sounds of the break-in, picked up a 12-gauge shotgun and crept down the stairs on the back porch. Dowden said he saw someone with a flashlight inside and fired through an open window before returning to his apartment and calling police. Flara bled to death before police found him. The killing was ruled justifiable. SepL 5 Michael Taylor Michael Taylor, 21 , and Patricia Kroll, 22, were sitting on a bench in Riverview Park near the Allegheny Observatory, North Side, shortly before 3 a.m. when Kroll's former boyfriend, George Vargo, pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said. Taylor, of the North Side, was killed by a gunshot wound of the head and Kroll, the daughter of Pittsburgh police Lt. William E. Kroll, was seriously wounded twice in the chest. Authorities said Vargo, 27, of Shadeland Avenue, North Side, had been stalking and threating Kroll for a month, ever since she broke off their relationship. Vargo was arrested several hours after the attack and was charged with homicide, aggravated assault and related charges. He is awaiting trial. SepL 7 Cornell Hurt Kevin Ouintin Maxshure, 29, and his brother, Kurt Richard Maxshure, 23, both of Schen-ley Manor Drive, Stanton Heights, were arrested and charged in the shooting death of Cornell Hurt, 22, of Crest Street, Clairton. Hurt, who used the alias Cornell Robinson, was leaning against Building 3 in the Blair Heights housing project in Clairton. The Maxshure brothers walked up and accosted, then shot him, police said. Hurt was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died. SepL 9 Darren Fuller Bad blood between youths from Hazel-wood and the Hill District was blamed for the fatal shooting of Darren Fuller, 22. Fuller, of the Hill, was shot in the head by a bullet fired from a car that had pulled up beside him as he and a friend drove along Second Avenue. Kevin "Nate" Carter, 21 of Hazelwood was charged in the attack, in which at least 13 shots were fired and another person was wounded. Carter is awaiting trial. SepL 18 Edward Holly Edward Holly was shooting dice with a group of men at the corner of Cresswell and Bonifay streets in St. Clair Village when a car drove by and a passenger fired 10 shots from an automatic weapon. Holly, 21 , of Freeland Street, Beltzhoover, was killed and two others were wounded. Raymond Brown, 19, of Syl-vania Avenue, Beltzhoover, was charged with homicide and aggravated assault and is awaiting trial. SepL 1 8 Alf red Cuyler A fight related to a lovers' triangle resulted in the stabbing death of Alfred Cuyler, 44, of the North Side, detectives said. Police said James Moses, 34, also of the North Side, a former boyfriend of Althea Wright, 32, stabbed Cuyler to death in an empty lot on Eloise Street, North Side. At the time of the attack, Wright and Cuyler were walking to their house on North Taylor Street. They were accosted by Moses, who had a butcher's knife, she testified. Cuyler was stabbed once in the chest. At a coroner's hearing, Wright said she had broken up with Cuyler in November 1991 and begun dating Moses in May. Moses was held for trial. Sept. 27 Ronald Leigh Ronald Leigh, 23, was shot in the head five times in a shooting outside his home on Te-cumseh Avenue. Leigh was pronounced dead at the scene. His killer remains at large. SepL 30 Richard Jenkins Rene A. Chandler told police he was trying to get back at a former resident when he set fire to a duplex at 535 Brownsville Road, Mount Oliver. Chandler told police he thought the building was empty. But Richard Jenkins, 72, who had taken shelter in the building, was inside at the time. Chandler told police he bought gasoline Sept. 30 at a nearby convenience store, poured it on the front of the store and lighted it. He told police he planned to destroy some belongings of Richard Strang, a former tenant of the building, in the fire. Chandler was ordered to stand trial on a homicide charge. Oct 12 - Mark A. Bova Mark A. Bova was fatally shot five times with a 1 2-gauge shotgun on the South Side because of an $80 drug debt, police said. Regis Seskey, 17, of Holt Street, South Side, was charged with shooting Bova twice in the chest and three times in the back near the entrance to the South Side Little League field after a friend of Seskey's lured the victim there with the promise of crack cocaine. The three shots to the back were rifle slugs fired after the victim fell face down after being shot twice in the chest with a shotgun, investigators said. Seskey is awaiting trial. OcL 21 Shawn Phillips Shawn Phillips became the 65th homicide victim of 1992, matching the total for all of 1 991 , when he was shot to death on East Hills Drive. Phillips, 28, of Bracey Drive, East Hills, was shot as he attempted to run away from a group of men in a car, detectives said. His homicide remains unsolved. OcL 23 Gregory Phillips Jerome Chase was visiting at Gregory Phillips' Wilkinsburg apartment Sept. 28 when the two men got into a fight. Police said Chase, 29, of Hunter Street, Wilkinsburg, beat Phillips, 42, of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel Apartments, in the face and head even after Phillips fell to the floor, unconscious. Phillips died of head injuries. Chase is awaiting trial. OcL 29 Darryl Robinson Darryl Robinson was standing on a corner in Westgate Village with two men when a car drove by and four to five shots were tired from it, killing him. Friends of Robinson, 20, of Westgate Village, drove him to Ohio Valley Hospital in Kennedy, where he died. I he homicide remains unsolved. Nov. 14 Ton! Lynn Brackenrldge An argument over who had the right of way at an intersection led to the shooting death of Toni Lynn Brackenridge and the wounding of another person Downtown. Brackenridge, 25, of Moon died at the scene of the shooting on Forbes Avenue near Cherry Way. She had been one of two passengers in a car driven by Kevin Parker, 25, who was blinded in the shooting. Charged was Ian Robinson, 21 , of Glen-wood Avenue, Hazelwood, who was driving a car that passed Parker's car at the Second Avenue exit from the Parkway East. Stephanie Oden, the other passenger in Parker's car, testified at a coroner's hearing for Robinson that when the two cars met again at Forbes Avenue and Grant Street, Downtown, Harold Cabbagestalk, a passenger in Robinson's car, made an obscene gesture toward them and also made a "C" with his hand, a sign of the Crips gang. Brackenridge also made an obscene gesture and Robinson then fired five or six shots while the cars traveled along Forbes Avenue, Oden said. Robinson was held for trial on the homicide charge. Cabbagestalk was held for trial on charges that of hindering Robinson's apprehension. Subsequently, homicide charges were refiled against Cabbagestalk in the April shooting death of Gene Robinson, who police said was not a relative of Ian Robinson. Cabbagestalk was held for trial on that homicide charge. Nov. 17 Virginia Shields When a man who lives above the Turtletux Shop at 436 Perry Highway, West View, heard several gunshots, he called police. Officers arrived to find Virginia Shields, 50, of West View, lying behind the service counter, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. The next day, Shields' estranged husband, William A. Smith, 38, of Oakmont, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police looked for Smith after Shields' death and were prepared to charge him with her homicide. The couple was being divorced. Nov. 24 Anthony Rush, Marmetta Wilds Police have not found the person who entered Marmetta Wilds' Wilkinsburg home and stabbed her and Anthony Rush, 37. Wilds, 64, and Rush died of multiple stab wounds, police said. Her granddaughter, Cheryl Wilds, ' was reported to have run nude into the street in the early morning, screaming for help because of the intruder. Cheryl Wilds was not hurt in the incident. Rush was found on the porch of the home and Marmetta Wilds was found in her bed, police said. Nov. 25 Walter Steifel Walter Steifel, 38, of Allentown, was driving a truck on Gearing Street in Beltzhoover when he stopped to talk with Sjuan Edward of Brushton, police said. The two men argued and Edwards pulled out a gun and fired into the truck as Steifel drove away, detectives said. Steifel's truck traveled about two blocks down a hill on Gearing before crashing into a fence at a home on the comer of Lafferty Avenue. An unknown passenger jumped from the truck and fled. Dec. 5 Chico Fluker Detectives said Jeffrey Jenkins, 19. of Stratford Avenue, East Liberty, and Chico Fluker, 15, of Homewood, were arguing at the corner of Brushton Avenue and Frankstown Road in Homewood when Jenkins fatally shot Fluker in the chest. At a coroner's hearing, Jenkins was held for trial. Dec. 5 Tlma Jackson Tima Jackson had just left a party in Wilkinsburg and was standing by her car when George "Tank" Eason, whom she knew, pulled out a handgun and fired two shots into the air. As he was walking up Rebecca Street reloading the weapon, he passed Jackson, 19, who told him to stop shooting the gun because he was scaring people. Eason, 19, of Wilkinsburg, said nothing, but pointed the gun at Jackson and fired, killing her, police said. Eason has been charged with homicide, but has not been arrested. Dec. 5 Robert Broadle Robert Broadie, 17, of Clairton became the third teen-ager to be killed Dec. 5 when he was shot in an apartment on Burrows Street, Terrace Village. A warrant has been issued charging James Strong, 18. Arlington Avenue, Arlington, with homicide. Dec. 5 Wendell Butler Three Homewood residents, including a 17-year-old youth, were charged with homicide in the death of an East Liberty man who was shot five times in an East Liberty pizza parlor. Charged in the shooting death of Wendell Butler, 20, are Gregory Lamont Anderson, 19: Montell Windbush, 20; and Sean Conley, 1 7. Butler was shot inside Vento Pizza Parlor, 420 North Highland Ave. Dec. 13 Eric Roberts Eric Roberts, 21 , of Verona was gunned down in the 7500 block of Formosa Way, Homewood, suffering numerous wounds of the head, neck and upper body. No one has been arrested in the case. Dec. 14 Charles Walker Dawn Wesley of Homewood said she came forward to police with information about the killing of Charles Walker, 35, of Wilkinsburg, when she saw on television that detectives had arrested "the wrong man." At a coroner's hearing, Wesley testified that Jermaine E. Wright, 17, of Kelly Street, Homewood, was trie man she saw carrying a gun and running from Walker's vehicle on Formosa Way at Collier Street in Homewood after she heard a gunshot. The same corner had been the scene of Eric Roberts's killing the preceding day. Based on Wesley's testimony, Wright was held for trial. Detectives had originally arrested Daryl Cole, 18, of Homewood after Walker's wife, who had been in the car with her husband, picked his picture out of a photo lineup. Cole was released and the charges dropped. Dec. 19 Marc Darnell Ford Marc Darnell Ford of Penn Hills was celebrating his 19th birthday at the Ardmore Roller Skating Palace in Forest Hills when a tight broke out. He was stabbed three times in the chest during the altercation. Friends took him to Forbes Metropolitan Health Center before police arrived at the roller rink. By the time officers who broke up the fight went to the hospital, Ford was dead. Michael Redman, 24, of Vassar Street, East End. was ordered to stand trial on a homicide charge. Dec. 19 Arthur Lytle Bridgeville police found Arthur Lytle, 32, of Bridgeville, lying on Railroad Street two days before he died in Allegheny General Hospital. Police said Lytle had been beaten in the head with a baseball bat outside a bar in Bridgeville. Police said that while Shawn Revis, 20, of Bridgeville, was swinging the bat, he shouted at Lytle, telling him he shouldn't have bothered his brother. On Friday, Revis was ordered to stand trial. Dec. 22 James McCormick A telephone pager worn by homicide victim James McCormick, 20. of North Side, helped lead detectives to the five people two men and three teen-age boys who were charged in the North Side killing. Detectives learned that McCormick was playing craps on the North Side when he was paged for what they said was to be a drug transaction. McCormick, who police said was a crack cocaine dealer, left the game and was later killed in the 600 block of Chautauqua Street by multiple gunshot wounds of the head and body. When detectives interviewed craps players and learned that McCormick had been paged, they went to the coroner's office and retrieved McCormick's combination watch and pager. One of the six telephone numbers remaining in the pager's memory was that of Stephen D. Knight. 21, who along with Darnell Williamson, 20, both of the North Side, had been picked up after the killing by uniformed officers but who had been released. The other suspects charged in the homicide, all from the North Side, are Ronald E. Fairiror, 17; Marcase Williamson, 19; and John Humpher-ies, 16. All five are awaiting trial. (

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