Attorney says woman not involved in attempted shooting
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
The lawyer for a Monessen woman said on Friday her client didn't take part in an attempted murder last year.
Police said Samone Stepoli, 21, was one of a group of five people who tried to kill a Monessen man they claimed spread rumors about another man's involvement in an earlier murder.
The lawyer for Stepoli has asked that a Westmoreland County judge dismiss criminal charges related to the Dec. 3 attempted shooting of Jaisen Irwin, 19.
Irwin claimed the incident occurred as he sat with a friend on a ledge just outside Highland Manor in Monessen. Irwin testified at a preliminary hearing that a car driven by Stepoli pulled up nearby and that her brother, Terrance Stepoli, 21, called him names and claimed he had spread rumors about a slaying of another man earlier that day.
Samone Stepoli's defense lawyer, Patricia Elliott, claimed in court documents filed Friday that her client was not involved in the attempt to shoot Irwin.
Elliott said Samone Stepoli never left her car and tried to call one of her co-defendants charged in the shooting back to the vehicle.
“… the record to date suggests only that she was either driving a vehicle or seated in a vehicle … from which several individuals alighted,” Elliott wrote.
Police contend the attempt on Irwin was in retaliation for allegations that he spread rumors that another Stepoli sibling, Joshua, shot and killed 36-year-old Chris “Snaxx” Fincik.
Joshua Stepoli, 19, was not charged in connection with Fincik's murder.
He was charged, along with his siblings and two others, in connection with the attempted shooting of Irwin.
Also charged with the shooting attempt were Earl Pinkney, 19, of Monessen and Antoine Hairston, 19, of Monessen.
Pinkney and Chalsee L. Hughes, 20, of Duquesne, are awaiting trial on robbery and murder charges in connection with the Finick homicide.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Husband to stand trial in Derry middle school teacher’s murder
- Mt. Pleasant to save with energy-efficient lighting
- Latrobe couple charged with shoving guard, stealing from Wal-Mart
- Youngwood woman charged with selling heroin in Greensburg hospital
- Scottdale center to host tribute to singing legends
- 4 Franklin Regional students remain hospitalized for stab wounds
- None injured when car strikes school bus in Derry Township
- Juvenile prisoners present issues for jails
- Lt. governor to speak at Westmoreland County GOP’s Reagan dinner
- Hempfield Area superintendent, business manager quit
- Failed inspection could make Jeannette flood-control project more costly