Bail revoked for woman, 18, in McKees Rocks killing

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An 18-year-old woman charged with homicide who was granted house arrest pending trial is back in the Allegheny County Jail after sheriff's deputies found alcohol and signs of marijuana use at her home.

Destiny Brown, 18, of Coraopolis is accused of shooting Marshawn Ptomey, 19, on May 24 in McKees Rocks. She claims she fired a gun she was carrying in her purse because Ptomey was fighting with her friend, a 16-year-old boy.

At a hearing April 3, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning allowed Ms. Brown to remain on house arrest even though she had failed to appear twice for a psychological evaluation by the district attorney's expert.

This morning, Judge Manning wasn't as kind.

"The court gave you a gift you didn't deserve," he said. "Apparently, you can't follow the rules. Bail is revoked and denied."

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Schulte said sheriff's deputies were looking for a friend of Ms. Brown's and appeared at her home on April 10. She was on her back porch which smelled strongly of marijuana, and she later tested positive for the drug, the prosecutor said.

In addition, there was alcohol found in her bedroom.

"There were so many bottles of alcohol in there you could stock a full bar," Mr. Schulte said.

Her defense attorney, Milton Raiford, said he is focused on the woman's decertification hearing, which is scheduled for May 7. He's arguing that she should be tried as a juvenile.

She was 17 at the time of the shooting.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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