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Third Street shooting suspect awaits arraignment

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

Criminal homicide, robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges were held for court July 11 for the third suspect arrested in a June 18 shooting that left a Florida man dead.

DaQuan M. Hurt, 19, of Penn Hills was arrested and charged July 1 in the shooting death of Jose Alberto Negron-Fernandez, 21, of Davenport, Fla.

Two other Penn Hills residents, Traevon Nicholson and Marshall Thompson, both 18, were arrested prior to Hurt, and charged with homicide, conspiracy and weapons violations.

Police say all three teens were in a car with Negron-Fernandez shortly before he was shot in what they said was a drug deal gone bad.

In their statements to police, Nicholson and Thompson gave differing accounts of the shooting, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed to support the charges:

Nicholson, who was armed, said he pointed his gun in Negron-Fernandez's direction but did not fire. Rather, he told investigators, a front-seat passenger he could only identify as ā€œDā€ was the shooter.

Thompson told police he believed shooting initiated from the backseat, where Nicholson and Negron-Fernandez were seated.

Thompson and Nicholson were arraigned July 29, and both have pre-trial conferences scheduled in August. Thompson is being represented by Monroeville attorney Patrick Thomassey. Court records from July 29 do not list an attorney for Nicholson.

Hurt is awaiting a formal arraignment hearing on Aug. 11. He is being represented by attorney James Sheets.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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