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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 3:21 a.m.
 

A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a Clairton man charged in connection with a fatal shooting on March 26.

Christian Riley's hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday before Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin. It was rescheduled for May 7 at 1 p.m.

Assistant district attorney Bryan Hanlon requested the postponement to allow more time for crime lab analysis of bullets, and because one of the victims remains hospitalized.

Richard Ford V, 21, of Clairton, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with multiple wounds sustained in the afternoon shooting outside a residence at 361 Halcomb Ave.

Riley's cousin, Terrance Moore, 34, of Clairton, was pronounced dead later that evening at Allegheny General Hospital.

Riley, 20, was driving a dark colored Cadillac when he was stopped by police near the intersection of Ravensburg Boulevard and N. State Street.

Police believe he fled the scene of the shooting and was attempting to take Moore to a hospital.

Riley is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

He is the only one of six persons involved in the shooting to be charged. Allegheny County Homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said last week that the District Attorney's Office is reviewing the investigation and will decide what, if any, charges the other participants will face.

“My son's innocent,” Riley's father Curtis Riley Jr. said outside Martin's courtroom on Tuesday. “He didn't kill anybody. He didn't shoot anybody.”

Christian Riley's attorney Ryan Tutera attempted to have Riley's bond reduced from $200,000 straight.

Tutera told the judge his client has no prior criminal record and has school to complete. Curtis Riley said his son was to graduate from All-State Career School on Sunday.

Martin denied the request, referencing the affidavit of probable cause and the seriousness of the charges.

“I believe the safety of the public is paramount at this point,” Martin said.

Tutera maintained his client's innocence outside the court.

“We'll continue to fight,” Tutera said.

Ford V is the grandson of Clairton Councilman Richard Ford III, who was in the courtroom on Tuesday. He said his grandson is recovering.

“His spirits are up. He seems to be coming along OK,” Ford III said.

Riley remains in the Allegheny County Jail.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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