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West Aliquippa teen charged in homicide

| Friday, Sept. 2, 2005

A teenager who police say slashed and beat another teen following a drug deal along the banks of the Ohio River in Beaver County was charged Thursday with criminal homicide.

Walter Stawarz IV, 16, of Beaver Avenue, West Aliquippa, is accused of slashing the throat of Jeremy Delon, 15, of Hopewell, and leaving him for dead on July 21.

Stawarz was arrested a week later on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Delon, who would have been a sophomore at Hopewell High School this year, died July 30 in Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Stawarz, who has been incarcerated since his arrest, was arraigned on the homicide charge yesterday before Hopewell District Judge Janet Swihart.

He was sent back to the Beaver County Jail without bond to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Beaver County Central Court.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Hopewell police:

Witnesses said Delon was carrying $30 when they dropped him off at the Stawarz home to buy marijuana. They said they returned a short time later and could not find him.

They found Delon bloody and unconscious about 11 p.m. and called police.

Stawarz admitted setting up a drug deal with Delon, but said the marijuana was delivered by a teen from the West Mifflin area. Stawarz said Delon and the other teen were together when he left them.

Another witness told police he saw Stawarz with blood on his pant leg about 8:15 p.m. the night of the attack. The witness said Stawarz told him he had just beaten a marijuana customer and needed someone "to back me up with police."

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