19-year-old to stand trial in Fineview shooting death

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A Fineview man was ordered today to stand trial on charges that he killed a man leaving an apartment building in December.

Jamirre Wilkes, 19, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Kim Hoots this morning, according to court records. He faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with the Dec. 10 shooting death of Caleb Williams, 20, of Turtle Creek, in Fineview.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Williams was shot three times -- including in the upper back -- while he and another man left an apartment building in the 1700 block of Letsche Street about 10:40 a.m.

Police used surveillance footage from a city Housing Authority camera to connect Mr. Wilkes to the crime.

Defense attorney Randall McKinney said he found it "unfortunate" that his client was ordered to stand trial and described the case presented so far as "certainly lacking in any direct evidence."

"Basically, what you have is some surveillance video from the housing project that shows two black males involved in a shooting. From the video, you certainly cannot tell who these individuals are," Mr. McKinney said.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com.


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