4 arraigned in home invasion death of Washington County girl

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Four men have been formally arraigned in the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl in Washington County during what authorities said was an attempt to rob her mother’s boyfriend.

Malik Thomas, 20, Anthian Goehring, 28, and Richard White, 18, all of Washington, Pa., were arraigned in Washington County Courthouse Tuesday. Douglas Cochran Jr., 18, was arraigned via video conference from Allegheny County Jail, where he is being held.

All are charged with criminal homicide, robbery, theft and burglary in the March 31 death of fourth-grader Ta'Naiyah Thomas. Mr. Goehring also faces firearms and reckless endangerment counts. In April, the four men were ordered to stand trial in the girl’s death.

Police said two of the men forced their way into an apartment building at 450 W. Chestnut St. around 3:50 a.m. March 31 and fired into her family's apartment door while two others remained outside. Detectives believe upon hearing shots outside her family's door, Ta'Naiyah was heading to her mother's room when she was struck twice in the hallway.

Police have said that Mr. Goehring and Mr. Cochran fired the shots through the apartment door.

Prosecutors said they are not seeking the death penalty in the case.

The Associated Press contributed.


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