Retiree testifies he saw defendants loitering in alley prior to Elliott murder
A retiree sitting at his attic window watched two men loiter around a car and an alley for nearly an hour, then saw them run away shortly after a home invasion and deadly shooting on the next street, he said in court Wednesday.
Testifying at the trial of Derek Lee and Paul Durham in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Henry Leacock said he called 911 Oct. 14, 2014 to describe the two men, who he said were going in and out of Navajo Way for more than 45 minutes before they walked in the alley and disappeared. He later saw them “running like the dickens” in the alley to their car and driving off. He later learned there had been a murder on nearby Lakewood Street.
Police would later link the license plate and car description Leacock gave to a rental car in Lee’s name, and Leacock chose Lee’s photo out of a lineup as one of the men at the alley. Prosecutors said Lee and Durham invaded the Lakewood Street home of Leonard Butler and Tina Chapple and held them hostage in the basement and that Durham shot and killed Butler, 44, when Butler lunged at him.
Testimony was scheduled to continue Thursday.