2 held for trial in Sheraden 'party bus' killing

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Two men were held for trial today on charges that they stormed a "party bus" that stopped in Sheraden this spring and fatally shot a man who got off.

James Lawrence, 21, of East Hills, and Michael Lyons, 22, of Homewood, face charges of homicide, conspiracy and a gun violation in the March 30 shooting death of Steven Lee, 21, of McKees Rocks.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives wrote in a criminal complaint that Clarrissa Clark, 19, Summer Kerley, 29, both of Sheraden, and Samantha Powe, 30, of Garfield, boarded the bus in the South Side and began arguing with people on board.

While they were on the bus, Ms. Powe called someone and said, "You need to come over and smoke these people," according to the complaint.

"These people" were Mr. Lee and his sister, according to the complaint.

Ms. Clark was also on the phone and asked the driver to stop in Sheraden, at which point Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Lyons and a third man arrived, police have said.

Police said Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Lyons got on the bus, where Mr. Lawrence pointed a gun at Mr. Lee's sister and escorted her off. Mr. Lyons stood outside the bus and Mr. Lee also made his way off the bus, police have said.

Then, detectives wrote, Ms. Clark told Mr. Lyons and Mr. Lawrence "Spank them. I want those two" and they opened fire, fatally shooting Mr. Lee.

Mr. Lee's sister was not injured.

Ms. Clark and Ms. Kerley were arrested Thursday in Ohio Thursday on charges that they solicited the killing.

Ms. Powe was found shot to death on a dead-end street in Homewood last month. Charges have not been filed in that case.

Mr. Lawrence has also been charged with killing Tiona Jackson, a 28-year-old nurse and mother of six, outside Red's Bar in Beltzhoover Feb. 28.

Robert Carey Jr., the attorney representing Mr. Lawrence in the Sheraden shooting death, declined to comment, aside from saying he looked forward to challenging the charges at trial.

The attorney representing Mr. Lyons could not immediately be reached for comment.

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