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Forensics tie East Liberty man to pair of shooting deaths

| Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5:53 p.m.

An East Liberty man has been charged with the deaths of two men that occurred in the past month, according to court documents.

Julian Aaron Davis, 21, is charged with various counts of criminal homicide, theft and the illegal use of a weapon. He was being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Davis is accused of shooting Ricardo Cooper, 30, who was found dead on April 22 in the 600 block of N. Euclid Street in East Liberty from a gunshot in the head. Davis broke into and robbed Cooper's apartment, police said.

On May 13, police found Shakkeem Harris, 22, face down near 1600 Villanova Road while investigating reports of gunshots about 1 a.m. at Joe Natoli Field on nearby President Way in Morningside. Harris died at the scene.

An Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office investigation determined that the same firearm was used to kill both Harris and Cooper.

Police were led to Davis because he shot a man in the foot on Tuesday during a dispute over $10, court documents said. Davis had fired the same gun that was used in the Harris and Cooper shootings, according to the results of forensic analysis in the Allegheny County Crime Lab.

Davis, who was charged on Friday in the Harris and Cooper shootings, denied shooting Cooper and denied shooting the man in the foot, police said. Court documents make no mention of whether Davis spoke of the Harris shooting.

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