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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Homicide suspect Rahmael Sal Holt is escorted from District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office in New Kensington after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Holt is accused of fatally shooting New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper is escorted from District Court Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office after testifying at Rahmael Holt's preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
New Kensington police officers pass a wreath set in remembrance of Officer Brian Shaw outside the police department as they walk to District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office to attend a preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with reporters after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper arrives at the district judge's office for the Rahmael Sal Holt murder preliminary hearing in New Kensington on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Harper is accused of driving the vehicle stopped by police Officer Brian Shaw the night he was shot to death.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Homicide suspect Rahmael Sal Holt is escorted from District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office in New Kensington after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Holt is accused of fatally shooting New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Homicide suspect Rahmael Sal Holt is escorted from District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office in New Kensington after his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Holt is accused of fatally shooting New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
New Kensington police officers pass a wreath set in remembrance of Officer Brian Shaw outside the police department as they walk to District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office to attend a preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck speaks with the media after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
New Kensington Police Officer Bob Deringer holds the door for District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office as fellow police officers enter for a preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt. Dec. 13, 2017
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
New Kensington police officers pass a wreath set in remembrance of Officer Brian Shaw outside the police department as they walk to District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office to attend a preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Police secure the area around the New Kensington police station and District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
New Kensington Police Officer Bob Deringer holds the door for District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office as fellow police officers enter for a preliminary hearing for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt. Dec. 13, 2017
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
A police officer looks out the rear door of District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office before Rahmael Sal Holt is escored back to jail on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Police secure the area around the New Kensington police station and District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper arrives at the district judge's office for the Rahmael Sal Holt murder preliminary hearing in New Kensington on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Harper is accused of driving the vehicle stopped by police Officer Brian Shaw the night he was shot to death.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
A police officer looks out the rear door of District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office before Rahmael Sal Holt is escored back to jail on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper arrives at the district judge's office for the Rahmael Sal Holt murder preliminary hearing in New Kensington on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Harper is accused of driving the vehicle stopped by police Officer Brian Shaw the night he was shot to death.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper is escorted from District Court Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office after testifying at Rahmael Holt's preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Tavon Harper is escorted from District Court Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s office after testifying at Rahmael Holt's preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with reporters after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Defense attorney Justin John-Earl Ketchel speaks with reporters after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for accused cop killer Rahmael Sal Holt.

Rahmael Sal Holt, the Harrison man accused of killing New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw, was brought by police and sheriff’s deputies to his preliminary hearing early today, avoiding the crowd quickly filling District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.’s courtroom.

Holt, 29, faces murder and related charges for the Nov. 17 shooting of Shaw during a foot chase along Leishman Avenue in New Kensington.

Sheriff’s deputies brought Holt from the Westmoreland County Prison, where he is being held without bond, more than an hour before his scheduled 10 a.m. hearing.

Security is tight at the district judge office in what is the first of two days of hearings surrounding Shaw’s death. Everyone arriving at the court is being wanded with metal detectors before they are allowed to enter.

On Thursday, three women accused of helping Holt evade police for three days are scheduled for hearings at Pallone’s court.

Lisa Harrington, 31, of Arnold is accused of hiding Holt from police and lying to investigators about his whereabouts. Also accused of lying to police are Lakita Caine, 40, and Taylor Mitchell, 19, both of New Kensington.

Holt’s mother, Sherry Holt, 47, of Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood section, was to have a hearing today in Pittsburgh Municipal Court on charges of hiding her son from police and lying to investigators.

Rahmael Holt was found by police in his mother’s home when he was arrested.

Also facing a hearing in Pittsburgh today is Marcel Mason, 29, of Pittsburgh, who also is accused of helping Holt while he was on the run from police.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter: @ChuckBiedka.

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