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December 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last moments of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker played out in court Monday on surveillance video and in the emotional words of colleagues who stood with him as he was dying. "Moses, Moses, who shot you?" was the question posed by Officer Ryan Saunders, a fellow 22d District policeman, who was first on the scene shortly before 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012. "He said, 'I, I,' and then his eyes rolled back in his head and he stopped breathing," said Saunders, who wiped away tears as he recalled how doctors announced Walker's death in Hahnemann University Hospital's emergency room.
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December 6, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of Wayne Ellington Sr., father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Jr., police said. Ellington was found dead in a car on the 5200 block of Marion Street in Germantown on Nov. 9. He had been shot once in the left side of the head, police said. Carl White was arrested Thursday morning at Police Headquarters by Detectives Frank Mullin and Laura Hammond with the assistance of the Homicide Task Force, a law enforcement source said.
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December 5, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man was fatally shot Tuesday night while sitting in his car outside Centennial Village Apartments in Camden, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Camden County Metro Police were called to Centennial Drive about 9:30 p.m. after residents in the area heard gunshots. Officers found Wallys Sanchez, 38, in the driver's seat of a 1994 Toyota Camry in front of Building 22. Sanchez had been shot once and was pronounced dead at the scene. The engine was running, authorities said.
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December 4, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN THE early-morning hours of April 1, 2012, outside the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club in West Philly, a man shot another man in the chest, then stood over his victim, pumping eight more shots into him, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. "Lying on the street, his body riddled with gunshot wounds," was Marcus Smith, 28, said Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea. Smith was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Authorities contend that a man named Cortez Pryor fired the shots, and that his cousin, Demetrious Young, helped.
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November 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Wilmington truck driver was sentenced Monday to 30 to 60 days in prison on his second drunken-driving conviction. But 55-year-old Teddy Wilson escaped what could have been a far longer sentence because he was acquitted of homicide charges in the 2010 collision in West Philadelphia that killed off-duty Philadelphia Firefighter Odell J. Pommells Jr., 33, of West Oak Lane. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner acknowledged that the nonjury trial that resulted in his Sept. 29 verdict acquitting Wilson of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter was "very difficult.
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November 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE yesterday identified the driver who died Tuesday when her car plummeted into the Schuylkill. Cops said Shanita Jackson, 42, was behind the wheel of her 2005 Volvo SUV just before noon when it crashed through a retaining wall on Hunting Park Avenue near Kelly Drive in North Philadelphia. A team of officers from the police Marine Unit and the Fire Department recovered the SUV and pulled Jackson from the wreckage. She was pronounced dead minutes later. It was unclear last night what had caused the vehicle to speed into the water, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
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November 2, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Hunting Park man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the 2013 shooting of the landlord trying to evict him from a rooming house after finding a gun. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated two days before returning the guilty verdict against Shaquille Henderson, 22, in the March 8, 2013, death of Tony Martin, 52, a retired professional boxer. The verdict carries a mandatory life prison term without parole. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said the sentence would be formally imposed Friday by Judge Lillian H. Ransom.
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October 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Tredyffrin man accused of distributing heroin to a friend who fatally overdosed is facing criminal charges, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Officials said Dillon Quinn, 19, bought the drugs Aug. 8 at the Overbrook train station in Philadelphia using money given to him by 19-year-old Colin Finn. Finn, who had taken the train from Paoli and met Quinn at the station, overdosed on heroin the following day in Berwyn, officials said. Quinn, who officials said did not pay for the drugs but kept some of the heroin for setting up the deal, has been charged with a felony of delivering a drug that resulted in death, among other related offenses.
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October 16, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PAUL DiMAIO screamed and screamed into his phone. Maybe it was for a few minutes, maybe more. Time had lost all meaning. His panicked cries came out small and tinny on his wife's cellphone, lost among the unnerving sounds of a highway on Monday afternoon - the whooshing of passing motorists, and the wail of an approaching ambulance. Moments earlier, Lisa Taylor DiMaio had been chatting with her husband about their family. The conversation came to a sudden halt just before 4 p.m. when a black sedan cut in front of her Jeep Liberty on a southbound lane of I-95, not far from State Road.
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October 9, 2014 | Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after admitting he stabbed his childhood friend nearly two dozen times and set his body afire in a Chester County apartment - all for $350. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty for 22-year-old Shakeem Carter for the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen. "I just hope that monster, for the rest of his life, wakes up in the morning with the same fear that Kevin had in the last five or 10 minutes of his life," the victim's aunt, Pearline Allen, sobbed during the hearing in West Chester.
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