Wilkinsburg man accused of using his car as a weapon on the South Side ordered to trial

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A Wilkinsburg man accused of driving into several pedestrians on the South Side in October and then toward a Pittsburgh police officer who opened fire was ordered this afternoon to stand trial.

District Judge Derwin Rushing ruled at a preliminary hearing that DL Timothy Fullum, 26, should face trial on most of the charges filed by Pittsburgh police and several more added today.

He also dismissed five criminal counts.

Pittsburgh police said Fullum hit at least three people while he was driving on the South Side early Oct. 20 and then drove toward Officer Brendan Nee while holding a pistol out the window.

Police said Officer Nee opened fire, striking and critically wounding a passenger in Fullum's car. Acting police Chief Regina McDonald defended Officer Nee shortly after the shooting, saying his life was in jeopardy.

Judge Rushing ordered Fullum to stand trial on 15 criminal counts, the most serious being an attempted homicide charge.

The judge dismissed five counts -- two of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, one for causing an accident involving death or personal injury and two of recklessly endangering another person.

Defense attorney Chris Rand Eyster said after the hearing that he took the dismissal of some charges as confirmation that some of the charges were overblown.

"I think the case was overcharged and there was a hysterical reaction to this incident.," Mr. Eyster said.

Allegheny County assistant district attorney Brian Catanzarite said during the hearing that Fullum "weaponized his vehicle and headed for an officer."

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