Suspect arrested after victim dies of gunshot wounds

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Pittsburgh police this week charged a man with homicide after they said a man he shot in 2008 died from complications of paralysis caused by his gunshot wound.

John Coaston, 21, was already being held in the Allegheny County Jail while he awaits a December trial on charges of robbery and conspiracy in connection with an incident that happened earlier this year.

Detectives wrote in a criminal complaint that a witness watched as Mr. Coaston and another man ran up behind Justin Fowler while he walked toward some steps in the Bedford Dwellings housing complex on Oct. 1, 2008. Both men fired shots at Mr. Fowler, the witness said.

Mr. Fowler told police he was shot in the back and could not move his legs. Mr. Fowler, 22, died at his White Hill Drive home on Dec. 28, 2011. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office later ruled that he died from "complications of paralysis due to a remote gunshot wound to the trunk" and labeled the death a homicide.



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