Hearing postponed in triple slaying at bar

Posted: August 09, 2007

The preliminary hearing for the West Philadelphia man accused in the July 22 triple murder inside Abay's Wheeler Bar in Southwest Philadelphia was postponed yesterday to give his newly hired attorney more time to prepare.

The hearing for Vonzell Roundtree, 27, of the 5800 block of Rodman Street, was rescheduled for Oct. 24 by Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon. The decision came after Assistant District Attorney Jason Bologna announced that Roundtree had hired his own lawyer, David S. Nenner, rather than be represented by the public defender.

Roundtree, who was not in court yesterday, is charged with three counts of murder, attempted murder, and related offenses in the early morning shooting spree that police say erupted after a "minor argument" in the tiny rowhouse bar on South 62d Street.

Three men - Arthur Jennings, 20, Claude Snelling, 30, and Jamar Thompson, 31 - were killed in the shootings and a fourth man seriously injured. - Joseph A. Slobodzian

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