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Victim's family says homicide suspect should stay in jail until trial

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Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 2:32 p.m.

An Allegheny County judge has allowed a Coraopolis woman to await her homicide trial on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Police charged Destiny Brown, 18, of Coraopolis with the May 24 fatal shooting of Marshawn Ptomey, 19, of McKees Rocks. Brown, then 17, told police she shot Ptomey during an argument; police charged her as an adult.

More than 30 relatives and friends of Ptomey gathered outside the County Courthouse on Monday to protest her release. Ptomey's uncle, Jonathan Smith, 45, of Greensburg said Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning should have kept Brown in jail instead of letting her out to return to school on Friday.

Manning said judges often release juvenile homicide defendants on house arrest, depending on the facts of the case.

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