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Man arrested, charged in New Castle triple homicide

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Tuesday’s triple homicide in New Castle.

City police charged Steven Procopio, 19, of New Wilmington in Lawrence County with killing Nichole Pumphrey, 31; her daughter, Amariah Emery, 10; and Lawrence Cannon, 31.

New Castle police Chief Robert A. Salem told reporters that Procopio was acquainted with Pumphrey.

“We believe he used to babysit the children,” he said.

Pumphrey is listed as a friend on Procopio’s Facebook page.

The victims were found dead from gunshot wounds in Pumphrey’s West North Street home.

Procopio was placed in the Lawrence County Jail to await arraignment this morning.

Investigators were called to Pumphrey’s home about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday after four other children in the house discovered the victims’ bodies, according to investigators.

One of the children called Pumphrey’s father to the house then fled with the others to seek help, authorities said.

Salem said investigators believe Pumphrey lived in the home with her daughter and that Cannon, who was her boyfriend, lived elsewhere.

He declined to discuss a possible motive for the shooting.

The other children who were in the home are staying with family members, Salem said.

The New Castle News reported that Procopio was brought in for questioning on Wednesday night before charging him at about 12:30 a.m.

The newspaper reported that a second person, Jody Hammer, who they believe lives with Procopio, was arrested on charges that they had a marijuana growing operation in their house.

Salem said that police discovered the marijuana plants when they went to search their house, the News reported.

An autopsy determined that Cannon was shot once, Pumphrey was shot twice and the girl was shot once.

Amariah Emery was a fifth-grader at George Washington Intermediate School.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.


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