Pittsburgh police have charged a Larimer man with an August killing after they connected a gun found in his rental car to shell casings collected at the crime scene, according to court documents.
Zachary Blair, 28, was arraigned Monday night on one count of homicide in the Aug. 15 death of Anthony "Tone" Wilson inside a home on Lowell Street.
Police said Mr. Wilson, 24, was visiting someone inside the home when he opened the door about 10:45 p.m. and someone opened fire, striking him in the head, trunk and extremities. Medics pronounced Mr. Wilson dead at the scene.
Detectives collected from the crime scene 11 brass shell casings with the stamp "40 S&W RP."
Nine days later, police encountered Blair when he dropped off a gunshot victim at UPMC Mercy. While investigating that shooting, police said they obtained a search warrant for the car Blair rented and found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office informed detectives earlier this month that nine of the shell casings collected at the scene of the Larimer shooting appeared to have been fired from the gun found in Blair's car, according to a criminal complaint.
Police wrote in the complaint that Blair ran from them when they tried to gather statements from people at UPMC Mercy..
Officers wrote that Blair resisted their efforts to arrest him and they used a Taser to attempt to get him to comply. He was charged with resisting arrest, escape and disarming an officer. Police filed additional charges for gun violations after they searched the car Blair had rented.
Court records show Blair pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in connection with the August 2003 beating death of Albert Northcutt, 58, at a Larimer gas station. Police said Blair began beating Northcutt after Northcutt refused to buy cigarettes for him.
He was also charged in -- and then acquitted of -- killing a man during a robbery in 2002.
First Published September 30, 2013 12:30 AM