Two men will stand trial on charges of shooting a Mt. Lebanon apartment dweller

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Two men charged with attempted homicide in connection with a shooting last month at a Mt. Lebanon apartment building were held for court today.

Juawane Tyree Dennison, 22, of Arlington, and Parris Evans, 19, of East Hills, also will stand trial on charges of conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary. Mr. Evans was additionally held for court for possessing instruments of a crime and carrying a firearm without a license, court records show.

Police are still trying to identify a third man who was with Dennison and Mr. Evans that night, who they believe goes by the street name "Chubbs."

Police said Jason Collins, 29, had invited three men inside to smoke pot in his apartment in the 1400 block of McFarland Road Dec. 12, when an argument began. Mt. Lebanon police Deputy Chief Aaron Lauth said at some point, the men planned to rob Mr. Collins.

Mr. Collins told police that one of the men, but not Dennison, pointed a silver revolver at him and demanded money and drugs while the other two men searched the apartment, according to a criminal complaint.

After a struggle, the man fired twice, hitting Mr. Collins once, police said. Mr. Collins said he heard Dennison tell the gunman, "Shoot him or kill him!" police wrote.

"We're going to be working hard on the case," said Dennison's attorney Blaine Jones.

Mr. Evans was represented by a public defender.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.

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