February 27, 2015 |
Rachel Pedroso did not make eye contact with her father Wednesday when she stepped into Courtroom 1007. There is no accepted method to greet a man invisible for 23 years, especially one soon to be convicted of first-degree murder. She cried on the witness stand. She fidgeted with her purse. And she said she could not remember details from the night of June 21, 1992, when Santiago Pedroso shot Delores Alvarez - the woman he was convinced had taken up with his ex-wife - in front of his then-17-year-old daughter in a crowded Germantown restaurant.
January 21, 2015 |
A Chester County man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his stepfather in a June 2013 argument. After a weeklong trial in West Chester, the jury also convicted Deviane Scott, 21, of Caln, of aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Durham. Jurors deliberated for about five hours Friday night before returning the verdict after 10 p.m.In reaching its decision, the jury rejected the prosecution's recommendation of a first-degree murder conviction and the defense's request for an acquittal.
December 11, 2014 |
The woman who fatally stabbed former University of Pennsylvania basketball star Matt White - his wife of 25 years - was found guilty but mentally ill Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter. Delaware County Court Judge Kevin Kelly, who presided at the nonjury trial, scheduled a February sentencing for Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54. "It's an appropriate verdict," said Thomas Bergstrom, attorney for Garcia-Pellon, who also was found guilty but mentally ill on a weapons count. Early on Feb. 11, 2013, Garcia-Pellon killed her husband as he lay sleeping in their Nether Providence Township home.
October 30, 2014 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of a man he encountered in his daughter's bedroom in September, police said Tuesday. Charles Jordan, 41, told police he shot Marc Carrion, 32, once in the head, believing Carrion had broken into his 20-year-old daughter's bedroom inside the Holme Circle Apartments on Sept. 15. Jordan told police the man lunged at him. His daughter, Brenda, later told investigators that Carrion was an acquaintance she had let into the apartment.
October 29, 2014 |
IN A FIT OF RAGE, Corley Chapman savagely beat a man he found in the arms of his girlfriend last spring, police said. Now, that crime of passion has ended one life and ruined another. Chapman, 28, was charged yesterday with third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter after the man he allegedly attacked, Robert Powell, died Friday from injuries he received at Chapman's hands, according to court documents. That attack took place May 7, 2013, when Chapman walked into his home on Tasker Street near Capitol in Point Breeze to find his girlfriend in the midst of a naked tryst with Powell on the living-room floor, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
May 18, 2014 |
After it was over, as two families mingled uneasily in the courthouse hallway, Kenneth Jones walked to Ronald Benton and offered condolences. Benton, tall and angular, rose from a bench and responded in kind, and they shook hands. It was the one positive moment Friday, when Rahmik Beckett - Benton's nephew and the killer of Jones' brother - went to prison for 20 to 40 years. In February, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Beckett guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2011 shooting of Kevin Jones, 24, who Beckett said he believed killed his close friend and was gunning for him. In addition to killing Jones in a chaotic nighttime shootout at 32d and Tasker Streets in South Philadelphia, Beckett was found guilty of firing at two police officers, who came upon a crowd of frightened, fleeing people as they searched for a suspect in an unrelated shooting in nearby Grays Ferry.
November 28, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Two former Philadelphia police officers were found guilty of reckless endangerment Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a West Oak Lane man during a dispute over a stolen pizza. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men had deliberated for about 16 hours since Friday before finding former Sgt. Chauncey Ellison and ex-Officer Robin Fortune guilty of the misdemeanor endangerment count in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Lawrence Allen. But the jurors said they were deadlocked on the most serious charge - voluntary manslaughter - against Ellison for shooting Allen as well as a count of conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment against Fortune.
November 24, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A jury returns Monday to resume deliberating in the trial of two former Philadelphia police officers charged in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in a dispute about a stolen pizza. The Common Pleas Court jury met for about 90 minutes Friday, ending the day by asking to rehear testimony that could be critical to the defense of ex-Sgt. Chauncey Ellison. The transcript could not be made ready until Monday. Ellison, 40, and Robin Fortune, 45, also a former police officer, are charged in the Nov. 17, 2008, shooting that resulted in the death three months later of Lawrence Allen.
November 23, 2013 |
It was shoot or be shot, ex-Philadelphia police Sgt. Chauncey Ellison told a Common Pleas Court jury Thursday about the 2008 West Oak Lane shooting that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. After being told on the evening of Nov. 17, 2008, by his 14-year-old son that a man had punched him in the mouth and taken his pizza, Ellison and then-girlfriend Robin Fortune set out in search of the robber. They spotted him on the 1900 block of Renovo Street. But the two off-duty officers, dressed in sweats and without identification, found their way blocked by Lawrence Allen.