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Twin teens from the North Side accused in slaying

| Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Twin brothers from the North Side were accused by city homicide detectives Monday of fatally shooting another man, who was on his way to pick up children to take to the Pirates game, because he was from another neighborhood.

Davon and Jovon Knox, both 17, of the California-Kirkbride neighborhood, were awaiting arraignment in Night Court on a charge of criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of Jehru Donaldson, 18, of Manchester.

Donaldson was shot in the head as he sat in his car about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Brighton Place.

He died shortly after noon yesterday at Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The Knox brothers were taken into custody without incident in a home in the Central North Side by members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, city homicide Detective Thomas Leheny said.

Leheny said Donaldson drove to Brighton Place to pick up the young children of his sister's friend, then he was going to the Pirates game.

The only known motive is because Donaldson lived in another part of the North Side, Leheny said.

"He was in the wrong neighborhood. He wasn't doing anything wrong," Leheny said.

Detectives were told that Donaldson recently graduated from high school and was planning to go to college.

Leheny said detectives received helpful information from witnesses, which led to the quick arrest.

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