A Duquesne man was charged with homicide today after police used a text message and interviews to connect him to the summer slaying of a former East Allegheny High School football player.
Allegheny County police are searching tonight for Dewayne "Piggy" Gray, 20, who is known to frequent West Mifflin. He has been charged with one count of homicide in connection with the Aug. 12 shooting death of Charles Davis, 18, of North Versailles, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in a driveway in the 600 block of Mehaffey Street.
Homicide detectives wrote in a criminal complaint that they learned Mr. Davis had been at a birthday party in Duquesne the night before his death and that Mr. Gray later lured him to Catherine Street under the guise that they were going to buy marijuana from someone.
Duquesne police were called to the area after midnight for a report that someone had fired shots and spotted a man in a white T-shirt and jeans running away from the car in which Mr. Davis had last been seen.
Police arrested Mr. Gray in West Mifflin the next day on heroin charges. They then interviewed him and checked his phone records, which revealed that Mr. Gray sent a text message about 12:15 a.m. on the day of the shooting saying that he was going to "smoke cuz," or kill someone, police wrote in the complaint.
County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a press release that Mr. Gray, a 5-foot-10 bi-racial man who weighs about 150 pounds, is from Duquense but often goes to West Mifflin.
Mr. Davis was the second recent East Allegheny High School football player to die in as many months. Former running back Chauncey Williams, also 18, was killed July 1 in McKeesport.