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Man pleads guilty to 2016 killing of Carrick father-to-be

Megan Guza
| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Floyd Beard
Floyd Beard

A man headed to trial for the October 2016 killing of a Carrick father-to-be pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

Floyd Beard, 19, was charged in January 2017 with homicide, theft, robbery and firearms violations in the death of 19-year-old John Cassidy Davern.

Davern was found shot to death in a vacant lot in Homewood on Oct. 22, 2016. Two weeks earlier, he'd found out that his pregnant girlfriend was having a boy.

Davern's family has said he was shot at least four times over less than an ounce of marijuana that he had gone to Homewood to sell to Beard. Beard made off with the marijuana and Davern's phone.

Davern had planned to take his girlfriend and sister to the movies with the $50 that he would have gotten for the marijuana sale, his family has said.

In addition to third-degree murder, Beard pleaded guilty to theft and carrying a firearm without a license, court records show. Sentencing is scheduled for May 9.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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