TribLIVE

| News

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

Witness: Washington Township murder victim bragged of drug sales

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.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

One month before he and his girlfriend were gunned down in the Washington Township home they shared, Anthony Henderson bragged to the man accused of his murder about the money he made selling marijuana, jurors were told on Thursday.

“He (Henderson) was having no problem saying how much money he had,” Jeff Golden testified during the fourth day of the first-degree murder trial of Eric Hall before Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway.

Hall, 30, of Ligonier, is charged with the Aug. 28, 2011, murders of Henderson and Noelle Richards, both 24. The prosecution contends Hall broke in and stole Henderson's wallet, beat him with a baseball bat and shot both victims in the head.

Witnesses who were visiting the house that night previously testified that Hall was at the home and attacked them with a baseball bat before fleeing.

Hall has maintained his innocence, and although he, through his defense lawyer, conceded to being at the murder scene, he has denied committing the killings.

Golden, 32 a lifelong friend of Hall from Ligonier, testified they drove in Hall's Jeep to Henderson's home about a month before the fatal shootings to purchase marijuana.

“We hung out, played video games and smoked some weed. Tony told us that he had made a bunch of money,” Golden testified.

A month later, Henderson's and Richard's bodies were found at the home.

Westmoreland County Detective Ray Dupilka testified about large amounts of blood found in the house after the killings.

Blood also was found outside on a concrete patio and a driveway, Dupilka told jurors.

The jury saw more than 100 photographs of the crime scene, the bodies and nearly two dozen shell casings, bullets and fragments remnants from the gunshots fired in the home.

Police believe Hall took Henderson's wallet after the killings.

Dupilka testified that more valuable assets were left behind in the house.

Detectives found a small safe in a bedroom closet that contained more than 6 ounces of marijuana, $8,800 and a bottle of prescription medication.

Testimony in the trial is expected to resume on Friday.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Hempfield murderer serving life sentence promises restitution when he’s released
  2. Westmoreland torture-slaying convict Smyrnes says death row isolation too cruel
  3. Extremes in weather hurt crops in Westmoreland
  4. Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer
  5. Sutersville ready to sell former church
  6. More than 100 stamp bags confiscated in Greensburg; 4 arrested
  7. Sewickley Twp. man who received food stamps didn’t disclose gas royalties
  8. Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal
  9. Man charged with hitting girlfriend with car in East Huntingdon reaches plea agreement
  10. $200K grant will go toward demolition at Monsour Medical site
  11. Scottdale chamber’s Community Yard Sale to be held Saturday