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2 Clairton men remain jailed for alleged shooting

| Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

A Clairton man acquitted by a jury last year for a 2007 murder and another city man have been held for court for the shooting of a couple returning from an ATM machine.

Parrish Linnen, 22, and Dakota Halcomb, 20, remain in Allegheny County Jail on attempted homicide and other charges as the result of a preliminary hearing before Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin last week.

The suspects are charged with attacking a 42-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman as they were returning home from an early morning trip to an ATM on Aug. 1. The woman was shot in the chest and the man was shot in the face.

The victims told police that, while they were at the machine, they observed three males, who followed them home. When the couple reached their Wylie Avenue residence, the men demanded the money. When the couple resisted, all three men began firing at them.

A third suspect, Taevon Carr, 17, of Clairton was held for court at a preliminary hearing last month.

In September 2012, a jury found Linnen not guilty of the death of Jody Burdette, 38, who was shot twice as she was walking home from the Uni-Mart along Miller Avenue in Clairton on Nov. 13, 2007.

It was a controversial outcome because Linnen's confession, recorded when he was 16, was not admitted at trial.

The gun that police believe was used in the shooting was found in Linnen's relative's home, but his confession was thrown out of court in May 2011 on constitutional grounds.

About a week after the Aug. 1 shootings, Halcomb turned himself in to police and Carr was apprehended in McKeesport. Linnen was arrested during a Sept. 11 traffic stop in Clairton.

Linnen and Halcomb will be formally arraigned on Nov. 20.

Carr's formal arraignment is set for Oct. 22.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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