2 boys, 15, arrested in McKees Rocks killing of Verona man

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Two 15-year-old boys were arrested today after police said they lured a Verona man to a McKees Rocks alley under the guise of a drug deal, where they robbed and fatally shot him in June.

Lavar Whitely and Dimitri Humphrey are charged as adults with homicide, robbery, conspiracy and weapons violations in the death of 19-year-old Scott King.

Christopher West, 18, was arrested last week on the same charges.

Lavar was already at a juvenile detention facility on unrelated charges.

Dimitri was found in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was arrested. He is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Both Lavar and Dimitri were awaiting arraignment this afternoon.

Mr. West remains in the Allegheny County Jail without bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 12.

In a criminal complaint, police said Lavar told a fellow inmate that he, Dimitri and Mr. West robbed someone in Stowe two days before the shooting, making off with the person's iPhone.

Soon thereafter, according to the complaint, they got a text message from Mr. King, saying he had marijuana for sale. Posing as the iPhone's owner, they began corresponding with Mr. King and arranged to meet him in White Alley so they could buy marijuana in the early morning hours of June 15, according to the complaint.

Lavar remained behind at Mr. West's house.

Lavar told the inmate, who police declined to identify, that Mr. West got into the backseat of Mr. King's car while Dimitri hid in the alley, according to the complaint.

Dimitri ran up to the car with a gun drawn, Lavar said to the inmate, and told him it was a robbery, according to the complaint. Mr. King began driving away, but both Dimitri and Mr. West opened fire, the inmate told police, and crashed the car.

The two took the marijuana and met Lavar back at Mr. West's house, according to the complaint.

Mr. King was found slumped over the wheel of the car with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he died.

Other unidentified witnesses in the complaint, who said they were with the trio the night of the killing, reported watching the three arrange to meet Mr. King via text message.

One watched Dimitri, also known as "Meech," pull his hooded sweatshirt over his face and Mr. West put on a face mask and saw them head out the back door, according to the complaint.

A witness reported in the complaint having heard gunshots after the two left and watching them return breathless and with guns in their hands.

One witness rode with Mr. West to River Road, where he threw a cell phone out the window, according to the complaint.

Lavar told the inmate that Dimitri and Mr. West washed their clothes and cleaned the guns, selling them on the North Side the next week, according to the complaint.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published October 8, 2012 12:30 AM


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