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Troopers continue search for Youngwood murder suspect

Paul Peirce
| Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
State police are looking Christopher David, 40, Youngwood, in connection with a homicide.
State police are looking Christopher David, 40, Youngwood, in connection with a homicide.

State police continued searching Friday for a suspect they claim was the mastermind behind a plan to murder a Hempfield man for drugs and cash.

“I can say we've received a number of tips since Thursday, but we still have not located him,” Trooper Steve Limani of Troop A in Greensburg said of Christopher James “CJ” David, 40, of Youngwood. “We are still interested in any information on his whereabouts.”

David is wanted on criminal homicide charges in the stabbing death of Matthew Genard, 50, who was found Nov. 10.

Already arrested and being held in Westmoreland County Prison are Michael James Covington Jr., 20; Linda Kay Quidetto, 40; and Jason Sullenberger, 40, all of Youngwood.

They were arraigned Thursday and are being held without bail on homicide, robbery and conspiracy charges.

After stabbing Genard to death, the four split up two bricks of heroin, other drugs and $1,100, according to police.

Police believe the suspects met at Quidetto and Sullenberger's North Fourth Street apartment on Nov. 8 and discussed David's plan.

According to a criminal complaint, David “mentioned that he wanted to rob” Genard of drugs and money because he was upset with him. He informed the group he “was tired” of working for Genard and knew he had heroin and cash in his possession because he had driven him to Uniontown to buy heroin that day, the affidavit states.

State police said Genard was stabbed more than 20 times.

An acquaintance found Genard's body Nov. 10 at a home on Wineman Lane, police said.

Police, who described David as “dangerous,” said he is known to frequent the Youngwood area and is recovering from a black eye he got in the struggle with Genard.

Investigators also are searching for the knife used to kill Genard. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or state police at 724-832-3288.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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