Man killed in Arlington Heights was on probation for drug charge

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A teenager who was shot to death Friday night in Arlington Heights had pleaded guilty to a drug charge just hours earlier.

Martez Ward, 18, of Bon Air, appeared in Common Pleas Judge Kathleen A. Durkin's courtroom and pleaded to possession of $110 worth of crack cocaine, which he sold to an undercover city narcotics officer in February.

The judge sentenced Mr. Ward, who had stopped attending classes at Carrick High School, to nine months' probation and insisted that he complete his GED certificate as a condition of his probation.

Mr. Ward, a "bubbly" and "outgoing" individual who was the youngest of eight siblings, was on track to do just that, said his sister Theresa Atkins, 35, of Bon Air. She said he was already enrolled in a GED program and was supposed to start a maintenance job at PNC Park yesterday. His girlfriend had recently told him she was expecting a baby, Ms. Atkins said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting at 9:41 p.m. found Mr. Ward face down and unconscious outside the doorway of 3155 Cordell Place, with a wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m. at UPMC Mercy.

Homicide detectives have not arrested any suspects in the case. Sgt. Ronald D. Griffin said previously that police hadn't determined a motive. Homicide detectives would not comment on whether Mr. Ward's court appearance had any connection to the slaying.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sheffield Funeral Home, 225 Beltzhoover Ave. A funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m., followed by a burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Sharpsburg.


Gabrielle Banks can be reached at gbanks@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1370.


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