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Murder witness shot in back in Hill District, police say |

Murder witness shot in back in Hill District, police say

| Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:00 p.m

A witness in an upcoming homicide case was shot in the back in the Hill District, Pittsburgh police said Wednesday.

Lt. Daniel Herrmann said Aundre Palmer, 22, is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds he sustained in Elmore Square as he ran from a gunman about 10 p.m. Friday.

Palmer was scheduled to testify in the upcoming homicide cases against Andrew McCrommon, 19, and Delmar Taylor, 18, who are charged in the Jan. 11, 2008, killing of Paris Tatum in Elmore Square, McCrommon’s attorney, Tom Farrell, said.

Jury selection in McCrommon’s case was scheduled to begin Aug. 16, but the case was postponed. Palmer testified against Orlando Hamilton, 20, who was convicted of first-degree murder stemming from the same incident, prosecutors said. Herrmann said police are investigating whether Palmer’s shooting is connected to his testimony.

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