Allentown bar owner ordered to stand trial in fatal shooting

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An Allentown bar owner was ordered to stand trial Friday on charges that he killed a bicyclist near his business.

Two witnesses who saw parts of the shooting from different angles testified before District Judge Leonard HRomyak ordered Michael “Stretch” Woodson, 34, of Allentown, to stand trial.

Mr. Woodson is accused of shooting Derrick Miles, 44, of McKees Rocks, who was found dead near the intersection of Manton Way and Allen Street about 1:50 a.m. July 13.

State constable Michael Mosesso said he often works security at Stretch's bar but was there that night to have a few beers, including some with Mr. Woodson.

He testified that Mr. Woodson, who was “fairly intox,” picked up a gun from behind the bar, and walked out the open back door of the bar and onto the street.

Mr. Mosesso said he followed Mr. Woodson and called after him to return to the bar, but Mr. Woodson kept going. Mr. Woodson raised his right hand, which was holding the gun, to chest level and Mr. Mosesso said he then heard a shot.

He said he did not see a muzzle flash.

Another man, Charles Stella, testified that he was driving near the intersection of Manton Way and Allen Street when he saw a man in a white tank top fire a gun and a man on a bicycle fall down. Mr. Stella said he backed into an alleyway and called 911.

A motive in the shooting was not clear from the testimony.

Defense attorney Lee Rothman tried unsuccessfully to convince the judge that the charges should be thrown out, saying that prosecutors did not establish that Mr. Woodson's gun was used to kill Mr. Miles and that both witnesses estimated the shooter's height at about six inches shorter than that of his client.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published August 15, 2014 12:00 AM


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