Homestead man ordered to trial in killing of Pittsburgh man

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A Homestead man was ordered to stand trial this morning on charges that he shot and killed a companion after a night out at several bars.

Ernest Williams, 38, faces one count of homicide and a gun violation in connection with the Nov. 4 shooting death of 39-year-old Jerrmie Fields of Pittsburgh.

Police found Mr. Fields shot to death in the street near East 19th Avenue and McClure Street in Homestead earlier this month.

Allegheny County police wrote in a criminal complaint that surveillance video from a camera at Hruska Plumbing captured the 3:20 a.m. shooting.

The video, police wrote, showed Fields leaving the Ford 500 that Williams drove. Fields walked toward the back of the car. Williams got out of the car, moved toward Fields and then fired several shots while Fields tried to turn and run, police wrote.

Defense attorney Kevin Abramovitz said this afternoon he thought the police filed charges “a bit prematurely.”

He said the results of tests on gunshot residue and spots that might have contained blood are not yet available and that he thought police might have used too vague a description to link the car at the crime scene with his client’s car. He also said he hasn’t seen the video and was disappointed that prosecutors “refused” to show it during Friday’s hearing before District Judge Eugene Ricciardi.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney’s office, declined to comment.

First Published November 22, 2013 10:35 AM


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