Duquesne teen to stand trial on charges he shot, killed unborn child

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

A Duquesne teenager will stand trial on charges that he shot a 15-year-old girl in the abdomen, killing her unborn child, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Eric Taylor, 15, is charged with homicide of an unborn child, attempted homicide, possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a firearm without a license and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. Greenfield District Judge James Hanley dismissed two additional counts of recklessly endangering another person. Taylor is being tried as an adult.

Taylor is accused of knocking on the door of DaRae Delgado's house on Friendship Avenue in Duquesne about 12:35 a.m. on May 26 and shooting her several times when she opened the door. Delgado, who was 31 weeks pregnant, survived the shooting. Her baby did not.

In court Wednesday, LeRoy Powell, 15, told police he was with Taylor and two other teenagers at a friend's house on the night of May 25 when one of them wanted to go for a walk. Powell said the boy with Taylor told him and a third teen to wait at the corner near Kennedy Street and Friendship Avenue. Powell said he thought he saw Taylor holding a gun in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt.

Powell said he saw Taylor and the other boy walk to Delgado's porch, watched the other boy back up and heard three or four shots. Powell said he didn't see the shooting because trees blocked his view. All four teens ran away.

Days later, Powell said Taylor told him: “Don't say anything.”

Prosecutors played a video of Powell's interview with Allegheny County homicide detectives in which he said Taylor had a gun. In the video, Powell said it was Taylor who told him and the other boy to wait at the corner.

Taylor's lawyer, Blaine Jones, argued that Powell didn't see Taylor with a gun or the shooting. Jones said he didn't know of a motive in the case.

“The commonwealth is essentially grasping for straws here,” Jones said.

Taylor was already in Allegheny County Jail, charged in the shooting of two people from Wilkinsburg the day after Delgado was shot.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-391-0927.

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