Homicide charges filed in shooting death of Lawrenceville man

| Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:43 p.m.

A Homewood man's proclivity for playing PlayStation games online helped lead to his arrest Wednesday on charges of shooting and killing a Lawrenceville man whose body was found in the Ohio River in West Virginia.

Hubert Wingate, 30, is charged with crimes including homicide, abuse of a corpse, cruelty to animals and theft of the PlayStation and other items in the slaying of his friend, Andre Gray, 34, court documents show.

Gray was reported missing by his family Oct. 25. Relatives had found his Lawrenceville apartment ransacked, with blood on the sheets and a big blood stain that appeared to be covered with bleach. His dog and vehicle were missing.

The vehicle was found burning the same day in Spring Hill, and the dog was stabbed to death by another individual, court papers state. No motive for the crime is given in the court documents.

According to the criminal complaint:

Gray frequently played online video games utilizing the Sony PlayStation Network and had the game console registered to him. On the day Gray was reported missing, as well as on other occasions, someone logged on to the game network using Gray's missing PlayStation console. The online activity was traced to the home of Wingate's mother, where Wingate was staying.

Wingate acknowledged being with Gray on Oct. 22 as they tried to find an apartment but denied seeing him after that. Wingate admitted using Gray's stolen PlayStation.

Detectives found witnesses who told police Wingate had admitted killing someone and that they helped him dispose of the body by dumping it into the Allegheny River in the Arnold area.

One witness admitted stabbing Gray's dog at Wingate's request. The witness said they mixed the dog's blood with Gray's in an attempt to keep police from finding DNA evidence in the apartment.

Wingate has been in the Allegheny County Jail since his arrest in Pittsburgh in February on an outstanding warrant in connection with an assault in Colorado.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at mhasch@tribweb.com.

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