Third suspect in killing along busway waives hearing

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A third suspect accused in an October robbery and killing along the East Busway in Homewood has waived his preliminary hearing.

Jequan Frierson, 20, of Hazelwood faces charges of homicide, conspiracy and robbery in the Oct. 8 shooting death of 21-year-old Omar Islam, who Pittsburgh police have described as an “innocent victim.”

Police have said Mr. Frierson, 16-year-old Jordan Bey and 20-year-old Desmond Young searched their Facebook pages that night looking for someone to rob and, when that didn’t work, staked out an ATM on Homewood Avenue for about 45 minutes.

When that was unsuccessful, police said, the trio walked toward the East Busway.

Police have said that Jordan shot Mr. Islam once in the leg, five times in the back while he tried to hobble away, and then one final time in the head.

Mr. Frierson’s defense attorney, Blaine Jones, said he thought waiving the preliminary hearing was in his client’s best interest.

“That evening, he did not have the intention of killing anybody,” Mr. Jones said.


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