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Van passenger charged in killing of two Beaver Falls men

| Monday, July 7, 2008

A man who told police he tested crack for one of the victims in a double homicide Saturday in Lincoln-Lemington has been charged in the shooting.

A second suspect is still on the loose, police said.

Allan Moorefield, 42, of Rivermont Drive, Glen Hazel, is charged with two counts of criminal homicide, one count of criminal conspiracy and a firearm violation in connection with the shooting deaths of Christopher Brandyburg, 32, and William Walker, 34, both of Beaver Falls.

Moorefield told police the gunshots came from a passing car, but investigators said other witnesses and physical evidence contradict his account, according to court documents.

Documents filed to support the charges say Moorefield told police he was standing on Frankstown Road in Homewood when a gold minivan in which Walker and Brandyburg were passengers stopped. Moorefield said he recognized Walker from the crack cocaine testing and knew Brandyburg from attending Islamic services together in the Hill District.

Moorefield said the van was driving into Homewood when a gray or silver vehicle drove past and fired four or five gunshots through the passenger-side sliding door, which was left open as they drove around, court documents say.

Moorefield said he ducked forward into his seat as Walker was shot. He said he heard the whizzes of bullets traveling past his head but was unaware that Brandyburg lay dead in the front seat, according to the documents.

The driver kept driving and only after the shooting did Moorefield close the sliding door, the documents said.

Moorefield told investigator's that Walker "slumped into (Moorefield's) lap dead as they continued to drive around Homewood," the documents state.

Moorefield told police neither he nor the driver spoke to each other after the shooting. They did not call police to report the incident nor did they attempt to drive to a hospital.

The driver stopped the van at Apple and Grotto streets, jumped out and fled. Moorefield opened the sliding door and took five steps down the street before being stopped by Victory Security guards, who had been doing property checks in the area and followed the van after hearing gunshots.

Moorefield couldn't explain how the shooting took place when detectives pointed out that it would be impossible for someone in an oncoming vehicle to shoot into an open passenger side door if both were in their proper lanes. At that point, Moorefield told police he didn't want to talk any more and feigned sleeping, the court documents say.

Spent shell casings found inside the van indicated that the shooting took place inside the van, police said.

Moorefield is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail. Police continue to look for the driver.

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