Dunbar Township teen to stand trial for homicide
A Dunbar Township teenager, charged as an adult in the homicide of a Connellsville man, will stand trial in Fayette County.
Andrew Thomas Hustosky, 17, of 231 Hustosky Road was charged in January with criminal homicide and recklessly endangering another person after he alledgedly shot and killed William Oburn Little IV, 22, of Connellsville.
A preliminary hearing was held Friday before District Judge Richard Kasunic II in Star Junction.
Fayette County District Attorney Jack Heneks read the autopsy findings from Fayette County Coroner Phillip Reilly and Dr. Cyril Wecht.
“The manner of death is homicide, shot by another person,” Heneks read. Little died from a gunshot wound to the head, causing extensive cranial and cerebral damage.
Police said on the afternoon of Jan. 2, Hustosky, Little, Robert Taylor, 23, of Connellsville and Hustosky's girlfriend, Rachel Nixon, 18, of Uniontown, were seated in the living room at Hustosky's home when Hustosky picked up a .22 caliber Ruger pistol off a coffee table.
Taylor testified he was sitting on the couch with Hustosky and Little. Nixon was seated in a chair next to Little.
Nixon, who lived at the Hustosky residence at the time of the shooting, testified Friday she jokingly started flirting with Little by brushing the side of his leg with her hand and teasing that she was going to sit on Little's lap.
Nixon said Hustosky said Little was messing with his woman and Little responded by saying, “Yeah, what are you going to do about it?”
Because of break-ins in the area, the .22 caliber pistol was on the coffee table in front of the couch. Hustosky, who goes by the nickname of “Boots,” grabbed the gun, according to testimony on Friday.
Taylor said he saw Hustosky rack the gun's slide back and saw a bullet loaded in the chamber.
“Rachel said, ‘Boots, don't point that gun at anybody's head,' ” Taylor said, adding that after a few moments, he heard a gunshot and felt something hit him. “I thought the bullet hit me. I jumped up.”
When Taylor confirmed he wasn't struck with a bullet, he looked over to see Hustosky still holding the fired weapon at Little's temple.
“I thought it went over his head,” Taylor said. Taylor testified Little was asked if he was okay. He said Little replied that he wasn't; that he was shot — then he fell over and started bleeding. “He (Hustosky) didn't say anything. I'm not sure if it was an accident or what.”
Nixon said Hustosky said, “I can't believe I just did that,” and started crying.
She added that everyone left the house and was on the porch with the exception of Hustosky's mother, who held Little's hand and told him he'd be OK.
Kasunic held all charges against Hustosky for county court for a trial to be scheduled for a later date. Hustosky is in the Fayette County Prison.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or email@example.com.
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