May 18, 2016 |
A father and son charged with killing a man who was their brother and uncle appeared in court Monday to ask that they be granted a preliminary hearing on the evidence against them. Prosecutors want to proceed directly to trial against Edward R. Kirby, 59, and Edward A. Kirby, 34, charged with killing their relative in a scheme to fraudulently collect life-insurance money. Judge Diana Anhalt said she would rule in two weeks. Neither man spoke in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
December 3, 2015 |
THE WIFE of a Chinese deliveryman who was shot and killed in April jumped up from her seat in a courtroom gallery yesterday and ran toward the bulletproof window that separated her from the two teenage defendants. Wailing, she banged loudly on the glass partition, which separates the gallery from the court in Room 306 of the Criminal Justice Center. At the time, defendant Tyquail Duffy, 16, who faced a preliminary hearing on murder charges, was seated at the defense table. His codefendant, Sahmir Walker, 15, who is cooperating with prosecutors, had just finished testifying against Duffy.
March 27, 2015 |
PROSECUTORS yesterday said they will present "overwhelming" evidence against accused cop killers Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams - including proof that the two brothers fired fatal shots into Police Officer Robert Wilson III. "The fact that both individuals fired shots that killed Officer Wilson - that absolutely will be proven at the preliminary hearing," Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley told reporters after the defendants' hearing was...
May 8, 2014 |
Five defendants accused of being dealers in the Main Line drug ring waived their preliminary hearings in Montgomery County District Court Tuesday, sending their cases on to Common Pleas Court. Waiving district court hearings is not unusual, prosecutors said. In court were Willow L. Orr, 22, of Philadelphia; Reid Cohen, 18, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Daniel R. McGrath, 18, of Glenolden; Christian S. Euler, 23, of Villanova, and Domenic V. Curcio, 29, of Philadelphia. One by one, they appeared before district Judge Kathleen Valentine in her Ardmore courtroom on the Main Line.
January 14, 2014
YOUR January 7 story, "City's grand jury policy has positives, downfalls," inaccurately and incompletely portrayed the law of the state of Pennsylvania, how it operates in Philadelphia and the history of the case against Rasheed Kellam. Even before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reauthorized indicting grand juries in 2012, the indicting grand jury was used by forty-eight other states and the federal system. What the article characterizes as a "third world" practice is actually the law of the land in virtually every jurisdiction in this country.
January 5, 2014 |
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County lawyer Gregory Noonan showed up Friday for his preliminary hearing on drug charges as defendant - and as counsel. In a case in which out-of-the-ordinary seems routine, he also served up a bit of culinary criticism. "I have to admit, your honor, the food in Chester County is better than the food in Montgomery County," he said to District Judge Margaret Hunsicker about jail cuisine. County detectives arrested Noonan, 53, of Lansdale, on Dec. 20. He faces 10 charges, including two felony counts of manufacturing, delivering, or possessing drugs, which were filed after a tip launched an undercover operation.
December 12, 2013 |
SEAN BENSCHOP and Griffin Campbell, charged in the June 5 building collapse in Center City that killed six people, will have a joint preliminary hearing Feb. 18, a judge ruled yesterday. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan also denied defense attorney Daine Grey's request to reduce Benschop's $1.6 million bail on most of the charges he faces and refused to give him bail on one count of conspiracy to commit third-degree murder. Benschop, 42, is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter and numerous related counts for using an excavator to knock the wall of a building being demolished onto the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets.
March 19, 2013
The third suspect in a Coatesville home-invasion killing surrendered to police Saturday. Dominique M. Lee, 20, turned himself in two days after police arrested his alleged accomplices, Marquis Rayner, 23, and Camren Horne, 20. Police had been searching for Lee, Officer Chris McCarthy said. Police said Lee, Rayner, and Horne, wearing black T-shirts on their heads, broke into a house on Merchant Street in June 2012. Dominique Williams, 20, who was playing a video game in the house, was killed by a shotgun blast.
February 22, 2013 |
Eight months after Pennsylvania's Supreme Court revived the use of county indicting grand juries, in an effort to fight victim-witness intimidation, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has opted to use one in the case of reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo. Nicodemo, 41, was arrested Dec. 13 in the daytime slaying of 50-year-old Gino DePietro outside his South Philadelphia home. The killing occurred as a federal court jury was hearing evidence in the racketeering trial of seven alleged Philadelphia mobsters.