Two more facing trials related to slay attempt
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
A Monessen man and a Charleroi woman were ordered to face trial on charges related to a criminal investigation in Monessen – but for separate alleged incidents.
They waived their respective rights to preliminary hearings Friday before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen.
Jashawn Mackall, 19, of 603 Park Manor, faces one felony count of intimidating a witness, three misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, and one misdemeanor count each of loitering and prowling at night and conspiracy to intimidate a witness.
Samantha Scagline, 21, of 505 Eighth St., faces a misdemeanor charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Each are scheduled for formal arraignment 9 a.m. May 1 at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg.
Monessen police accused Mackall of brandishing a gun Feb. 28 to intimidate Jaisen Irwin, the key witnesses against five others city residents who are facing attempted murder charges.
Mackall remained in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.
A 17-year old, who is also accused of intimidating Hairston on Feb. 28, was charged and sent to Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention Center in Hempfield Township.
According to a criminal complaint, Mackall and the 17-year-old are “associates of several of the individuals that are currently charged with attempting to kill Irwin.”
Scagline stands accused of hiding Antoine Hairston of Monessen in the basement of her home while he was wanted on attempted homicide and other charges.
Hairston was one of five people accused Dec. 4 with attempting to slay Irwin because they allegedly believed he was spreading rumors about the murder of Chris “Snax” Fincik the day before.
One of the suspects was arrested and three others surrendered to Monessen police on the attempted murder charges.
Hairston could not be found after police received at least two calls indicating he would surrender.
Hairston's subsequent disappearance spurred an extensive search that led to Scagline's residence nearly 10 days later.
Scagline remained free after being released on her own recognizance.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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