TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Uniontown man charged, jailed in fatal shooting

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 10:52 p.m.
 

A Uniontown man was jailed on criminal homicide charges in connection with the shooting death of a Uniontown man early Sunday in a city housing complex, authorities said.

The suspect, Kurtavius Jermon Smith, 26, was being held in the Fayette County Prison after police charged him with shooting Marlin Crawford, 28, in the head shortly after 4:30 a.m. outside a residence in the Pershing Court housing complex, Uniontown police Chief Jason Cox and a prison spokesman said. Smith was arraigned at Fayette County's booking center, a police spokesman said.

Crawford died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where he had been flown by medical helicopter after first being taken to Uniontown Hospital, police said. A spokesman for the medical examiner for Monongalia County, W.Va., could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Before Smith's arrest, Cox said police were conducting interviews to determine what happened. Police said serveral gunshots were fired outside the housing complex.

Smith had been held in the Fayette County Prison on Jan. 31 on charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, but was released on $26,000 bond on Feb. 7. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on those charges before District Judge Michael M. Metros of Uniontown on May 22.

While free on bail, Smith was arrested by Connellsville police on March 25 on charges of marijuana possession. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday before Connellsville District Judge Ronald J. Haggerty Jr.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices
  2. Belle Vernon Eagle Scout project draws praise
  3. Fayette Relay for Life moves to Uniontown church
  4. Woman threatened with knife at ATM in Uniontown
  5. Dawson Grange Community Fair stands out by staying free to attend
  6. Fayette County’s head detective named chief adult probation officer
  7. Acme teen excited to experience fair as queen
  8. Fayette man gets house arrest in prescription painkiller scheme