3 held for trial in connection with officer's slaying
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Three people were held for trial Thursday on charges that they aided a Westmoreland County fugitive in the days before he fatally shot a Lower Burrell police officer.
Police had been searching for Charles Post, 33, on attempted homicide charges for 10 days before Mr. Post opened fire in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen on Greensburg Road the night of Oct. 12, killing Officer Derek Kotecki, 40. Charles Post died of gunshot wounds during a shootout with police in the parking lot that night.
Police said Mr. Post's brother, Chad A. Post, 35, of Lower Burrell, knew his younger brother was on the lam when he picked him up from the woods and drove him to Aspinwall on Oct. 2, the same day police said Charles Post shot at his boss outside a New Kensington hotel.
Officials said two women also helped Charles Post elude authorities. Detectives said Amanda C. Walters, 23, and her aunt, Nicole M. Walters, 37, both of Lower Burrell, told them they knew Charles Post was a fugitive when they gave him food, money and a pre-paid cell home while visiting him at a house in Plum.
All three face charges of conspiracy and hindering apprehension and all three are due in court for formal arraignment July 3, according to court records.
First Published May 11, 2012 12:22 am