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Natasha Lindstrom

A woman with ties to Butler has been charged with homicide in connection with the killing of an Armstrong County man during a robbery in an Arnold alley in late June, records show.

Bailey Ann Hines, 23, is accused of plotting a fake drug deal and robbery that led to the fatal shooting of Gregory Ray Wynkoop, 35, a heavy-equipment operator and father of three from East Franklin.

Hines — who told police she pocketed $300 from the victim’s wallet — faces homicide, robbery and conspiracy charges, Westmoreland County Court records show.

Hines is the second person to be charged in the case.

Her alleged co-conspirator, Allen Duwayne Herring, 32, of Braddock, is set to stand trial in connection with Wynkoop’s death.

Herring told investigators “that Bailey Hines and him decided that they were going to rob the victim while Herring was acting as a drug dealer,” the complaint said.

Herring waived his right to a preliminary hearing in district court Monday — when his defense attorney asked how Herring could be charged with conspiracy when no one else had been charged. The charges against Hines were filed later that day, court records obtained Wednesday show.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. June 28, police responded to a report of shots fired near Woodmont and Taylor avenues in Arnold.

They arrived to find Wynkoop suffering from gunshot wounds near a white Kia that wrecked into the back of a house along Woodmont Avenue, police said. Medics took Wynkoop to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

During interviews with investigators, Hines said that she and another woman — the girlfriend of Herring — were picked up by Wynkoop in his Kia because Wynkoop wanted to buy crack cocaine, a criminal complaint said.

Wynkoop gave Herring’s girlfriend $70 and she gave it to Hines, then both women left Wynkoop in the vehicle waiting in an alley, the complaint said.

The women went to meet Herring at a Victoria Avenue residence and told him that Wynkoop was in a white vehicle and had “a lot of money,” the complaint said.

Hines called Wynkoop and told him to pick her up on McCandless Street, the complaint said.

Once inside the car, Hines called Herring, who told them to drive down North Street and pull into Kenva Alley, where they picked up Herring. Herring told Wynkoop to pull into a gravel lot off the alley near Woodmont.

As Hines got out of the front passenger side of the car, she saw Wynkoop pulling out his wallet and heard Herring demand that he hand over his money, Hines told investigators. Moments later, Hines heard gunshots and ran down the alley, the complaint said.

The two women and Herring ended up back at the Victoria Avenue home, where Herring told them that he had shot Wynkoop while he was robbing him and the two were wrestling for a gun, the complaint said. Herring said he took the money from Wynkoop’s wallet and tossed the wallet.

Within a few hours of the shooting, Herring gave Hines $300 of the stolen money, the complaint said.

Herring “gave similar information about what had occurred,” the complaint said.

The complaint did not cite a current address for Hines, but court records show that she lived in Butler while facing prior drug possession and stolen property charges in New Kensington and Lower Burrell between 2014 and 2017.

She was taken to Westmoreland County Night Court for arraignment in the homicide case.

Herring remains in Westmoreland County Prison without bond on charges of homicide, robbery, conspiracy and illegal gun possession.

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