Man arrested in connection with Hill District homicide
Eric Bivins was lying quietly on the living room couch of a Hill District apartment early June 11 when, without warning, another man in the home fired four shots into his head and chest, according to court records.
Witnesses told police they saw no argument, no threat of violence and no aggression between Bivins and the accused killer, Jenkins Everett, in the moments leading to the shooting.
Bivins, 29, was reported missing June 14, days after he had last been seen at the Bedford Avenue apartment, according to a criminal complaint.
A review of security footage from the area showed Everett, Bivins and two others — identified as Witness 1 and Witness 2 — arriving at the Bedford Dwellings apartment building within minutes of each other, according to the complaint. Bivins arrived about 5:45 a.m.
Shortly after 7 a.m., footage showed Witness 2 leave the apartment and drive a white Hyundai SUV through the courtyard to the front door, police wrote in the complaint. Witnesses 1 and 2 and Everett are seen carrying “what appeared to be a body” and putting it in the SUV.
Both witnesses subsequently identified Everett as the shooter, according to the complaint.
Witness 1 was in the living room with Bivins, Everett, Witness 2 and another person on the morning of the shooting, according to police. Witness 1 said Bivins was lying on the couch when Everett shot him.
Witness 2 told police that Everett said after the shooting, “(He) had to do it, It could have been us,” police wrote. The witness said they found a silver handgun on Bivins after the shooting.
On June 26, Witness 2 led police to Bivins' body, which had been dumped behind a retaining wall in a wooded area on Beeland Street in the Hill District, police wrote. He had been shot numerous times in the head and chest.
Everett, whose criminal history includes drug violations and simple assault, ran from a home on Rochelle Street on Monday night when officers and U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest him, according to a separate criminal complaint filed against Everett. He was charged with fleeing police and drug violations for two bags of marijuana that police said they found on him during his arrest.
In addition to those charges, Everett of Crawford-Roberts is charged with homicide, conspiracy, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He remains in Allegheny County Jail, held without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.