Trials delayed for 2 accused of helping man charged in Brian Shaw’s death |

Trials delayed for 2 accused of helping man charged in Brian Shaw’s death

Rich Cholodofsky
Gregory Baucum, 48, is taken into custody on Thursday, March 28, 2019, by Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputies and detectives.
Tribune-Review file photo
Lisa Harrington
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Rahmael Sal Holt is escorted from District Court Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Trials for the father and a cousin of the Harrison man accused in the fatal shooting death two years ago of New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw were postponed until December.

Westmoreland County prosecutors said Tuesday a scheduling conflict made it impossible to try the case against Gregory Baucum Jr. in October. Baucum, 48, of Pittsburgh, is in jail as he awaits trial on charges of intimidation and retaliation against a witness in his son’s pending case.

Baucum’s son, Rahmael Sal Holt, 31, is scheduled to go before a Westmoreland County jury in November on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the Nov. 17, 2017, shooting of Shaw following a traffic stop in New Kensington. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Holt if he is convicted.

Baucum was charged in March with sending what police claim were threatening text messages through Facebook to a key witnesses in his son’s case.

Police said in a criminal complaint that Baucum took a photo of the statement made to police by the witness against Holt, sent it to her, posted it on his personal Facebook page and uploaded it to a closed Facebook group. Investigators said Baucum called the witness a “cheese-eater snitch.”

Baucum last year was acquitted by a Westmoreland County jury in a separate case where he was charged with witness intimidation related to Holt’s prosecution.

In that case, prosecutors contended Baucum assaulted his then girlfriend after learning she cooperated with police during the manhunt for Holt by telling them of his whereabouts in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The victim told jurors Baucum put his hands around her neck and later pinched her nose closed and covered her mouth.

Police spent four days tracking Holt after Shaw’s death before arresting him in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood.

Also Tuesday, the trial of Lisa Danea Harrington also was delayed until December. Harrington, 33, of New Kensington is free on a $75,000 bond as she awaits trial on three felony counts of hindering the apprehension of Holt. Police contend Harrington lied to police when she claimed she did not know Holt’s whereabouts after the shooting.

Harrington’s defense lawyer, Adam Gorzelsky, said he needed more time to prepare for the upcoming trial.

Jury selection in Holt’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 with testimony to start on Nov. 4 before Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.