Four held for trial in murder of drugstore manager

Posted: November 03, 2013

A Delaware County judge held murder charges Friday against four suspects accused of taking part in the slaying of a Chester drugstore manager.

Rita Pultro, 23, and David Wiggins, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, of Broomall.

Tariq Mahmud, 23, and Christopher Parks, 23, also of Philadelphia, face second-degree murder charges.

Pultro and Wiggins are accused of entering a Rite Aid on Chester's West End intending to rob it, then shooting McClay and fleeing the scene.

District Attorney Jack Whelan said Friday that authorities believe Pultro pulled the trigger. Attorneys for Pultro and Wiggins could not be reached for comment.

Mahmud, according to authorities, was the store's loss prevention manager and texted his coconspirators about the store's safe and security cameras.

Parks, authorities said, was the getaway driver. Attorneys for Wiggins and Mahmud could not be reached Friday.

Whelan said Pultro's sister testified Friday that she believed surveillance footage showed Pultro in the store the night of the crime.

Two witnesses and two detectives also testified, Whelan said.

The next court appearance for the four defendants is an arraignment on Dec. 3 in Media.

A hearing was extended for a fifth person charged in the crime, Ashanier White, 19, of Philadelphia.

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