Hill District teen held for trial in assault-rifle murder of Wilkinsburg man
Fingerprints found on a cell phone and inside a white Ford Bronco were enough Monday to send a Hill District teenager to court for a fatal shooting last month in Homewood.
"It is by the slimmest of margins," Coroner's Solicitor Timothy Uhrich said in ordering the trial for Hayden Marshall, 18, of the Hill District in the slaying Dec. 5 of Anthony Reeves, 23, of Wilkinsburg, outside a Hamilton Avenue after-hours club.
Pittsburgh police testified they chased the Bronco from Hamilton Avenue through the East End and into Wilkinsburg, but none of the officers could identify Marshall as the driver. Neither could Maurice Budd, 21, who was injured in the barrage of two dozen bullets that killed his friend Reeves.
But police said they found Marshall's fingerprint on the driver's side door of the Bronco, which was abandoned a block away from the suspect's mother's home. Police also found Marshall's thumbprint on a cell phone discovered inside a discarded jacket in the vehicle.
Police also said they found a "banana clip" magazine used to feed bullets into an assault rifle in the Bronco. Bullets from the magazine matched shell casings found at the murder scene, but the gun was never found.
"You have to look at it in the totality of the evidence," Assistant District Attorney Bruce Beemer said when Uhrich suggested the prosecution was making a "huge leap" in connecting Marshall to the crime.
Police gave no motive for the shooting.