Man goes to court on drug charges, leaves with murder rap

Posted: August 08, 2014

ANORTH Philadelphia man learned the hard way earlier this week that his three years of successfully dodging the law on a murder rap couldn't last forever.

Especially if he kept picking up new arrests and showing up at the Criminal Justice Center at 13th and Filbert streets - a place swarming with cops on any given day - for court hearings.

Dante Hill, 25, of Oxford Street near 17th, went to the center Tuesday for a court hearing on drug charges, police said.

Hill, a punk with a lengthy rap sheet, didn't make it out of the courthouse as a free man this time: Outside the courtroom on the sixth floor, he was met by police who arrested him in the 2011 shooting homicide of Raseen Wright, 34, at 13th and Brown streets, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.

Yesterday, Hill was charged with numerous offenses, including murder, aggravated assault and illegal gun possession, in the July 6, 2011, fatal shooting of Wright, which also left a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

Since his most recent arrest, Hill has been nabbed and appeared in court several times, court records show, on charges ranging from aggravated assault to driving an unregistered car with illegal window tint.

O'Brien said an argument had motivated the shooting of Wright, who lived on Wagner Avenue near 13th Street in Logan and died at Hahnemann University Hospital of gunshot wounds to the head and upper back. Wright, according to court records, had a litany of arrests himself, and had beaten a murder charge in 2002.

The drug case for which Hill appeared in court Tuesday was continued. He was held without bail in Wright's slaying and is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing in that case on Aug. 20.

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