Police arrest third suspect in Penn Hills killing

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Allegheny County police have arrested a third man in connection with a Penn Hills killing last month after they used cell phone photos and witnesses to tie him to the shooting, according to court documents.

Daquan Hurt, 19, of Verona, faces charges of homicide, robbery, conspiracy and a gun violation in the June 18 shooting death of 21-year-old Jose Negron Fernandez.

Mr. Hurt was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond. Two other men, Traevon Nicholson of Verona and Marshall Thompson of Penn Hills, both 18, were arrested last month and have already been ordered to stand trial.

Mr. Nicholson told police, according to the complaint, that Mr. Negron Fernandez made arrangements to buy $1,200 worth of heroin from a man he knew only as "D." When Mr. Negron Fernandez met them, he gave them only $800, so Mr. Nicholson threw the money down in the middle of a car where they were meeting and exclaimed that Mr. Negron Fernandez had shorted them, police wrote.

A detective quoted Mr. Thompson as telling police that Mr. Negron Fernandez tried to grab some of the money and said, 'You are going to have to kill me."

Witnesses told police, according to the complaint, that at least two people -- including Mr. Nicholson -- pointed guns at Mr. Negron Fernandez.

"Nicholson indicated that he does not believe he had fired his weapon but indicated that it was 'D,'" police wrote.

Police wrote that a search of photos on Mr. Nicholson's phone showed that Mr. Hurt was in Mr. Nicholson's living room on the day of the shooting and that an additional witness placed him at the scene.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11.

First Published July 2, 2014 12:00 AM

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