Pittsburgh police get arrest warrant for Bellevue man in North Side killing

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Pittsburgh police are searching for a Bellevue man charged with criminal homicide in the Friday shooting death of 38-year-old Terry James.

Mr. James' finance told police the couple was preparing to go out and celebrate their engagement and his birthday when his friend, Lawrence Brent "Red" Simmons, 41, came to the door of their apartment at 2129 Rhine St. in Spring Hill around 8 p.m.

In a criminal complaint the woman said she opened the door and was pushed back by Mr. Simmons, whom she has known for four years, and two unidentified black males.

She said Mr. Simmons approached Mr. James in the dining room screaming and demanding money or jewelry as he waved a handgun in the air. The unidentified men forced her over the back of the sofa and one of them pistol whipped her several times.

As she was attacked she heard several gunshots come from the dining room and Mr. Simmons then ordered the man who was beating her to shoot her. He shot her in the arm and the men fled the apartment.

The woman walked out of the the apartment and screamed for help before returning and finding Mr. James unresponsive in the dining room, where he died from gunshot wounds to the chest, upper arm and forehead.

The woman was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital and later identified Mr. Simmons in a photo line up for police. Commander Thomas Stangrecki said the two other men have not been identified.

In addition to criminal homicide, Mr. Simmons faces charges of criminal conspiracy, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault, burglary and robbery. Cmdr. Stangrecki said he is a black male with black hair and brown eyes, 5'10" tall and weighs 170 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com.


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