McKeesport man to face trial in 2013 Downtown shooting incident

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A McKeesport man was ordered to stand trial today on charges of attempted homicide and related crimes in connection with a 2013 shooting in Downtown Pittsburgh.

A judge held Jason Webb, 19, for court on one count of attempted homicide, one count of robbery, one count of aggravated assault and a gun violation. One count of aggravated assault and a count of robbery were withdrawn at a preliminary hearing today.

Mr. Webb is already jailed in a separate case, in which he's accused of killing Tezjuan Taylor, 20, on May 17 in McKeesport. The slaying appeared to be in retaliation for a friend's 2012 shooting death there, according to court testimony from a witness last month.

In the Downtown case, Pittsburgh police said, Mr. Webb shot a man and woman Jan. 29, 2013. Police have said they received a call from one of the victims in that incident, who told them he recognized Mr. Webb as the shooter after seeing news footage of him in connection with Taylor's death.

The victims -- then a 47-year-old man from York, Pa., and a 32-year-old woman from East Liberty -- were smoking marijuana immediately before they were robbed at gunpoint and shot near Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard.

First Published June 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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