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Suspected target of Wilkinsburg massacre is now a fugitive

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:57 p.m
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Emmai Alaquiva of Wilkinsburg comforts Carla Lee, a friend of Brittany Powell, 27, one of the victims of Wednesday's deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg, during a vigil in front of the home on Thursday evening March 10, 2016.
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Araina Reuben, left, comforts her cousin, Mellyora Walker, right, the sister of three of the victims of Wednesday night's deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg, after a press conference with media at the Lighthouse Church in Mt. Oliver on Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2016.
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A tearful Jessica Shelton speaks to members of the media at the Lighthouse Church in Mt. Oliver on Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2016. Shelton's two daughters, one eight-months pregnant, and one of her sons were killed in a shooting in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday night. Another one of her sons was critically wounded.
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Brittany Powell, 27, was killed Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in an ambush shooting at a Wilkinsburg party.
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Chanetta Powell, 25, was killed Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in an ambush shooting at a Wilkinsburg party.
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Jerry Shelton, 35, was killed Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in an ambush shooting at a Wilkinsburg party.
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Tina Shelton, 37, was killed Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in a shooting at a Wilkinsburg party.
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Shada Jackson was killed Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in a ambush shooting at a Wilkinsburg party.
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Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. (far left) surveys the scene of a shooting in Wilkinsburg behind a home in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue Thursday, March 9, 2016.
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Police leave deserted on Thursday, March 9, 2016, the yard of a Wilkinsburg home where six people were killed and three wounded.
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Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. (far left) addresses the media at the scene of a shooting in Wilkinsburg behind a home in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue Thursday, March 9, 2016.
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Allegheny County Police investigators search the scene of a shooting in Wilkinsburg behind a home in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue Thursday, March 9, 2016.
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Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman (center) confers with James Morton, assistant superintendent of police and commander of the Investigative Division (left) and Charles Moffatt, auperintendent of the county police (right) at the scene of a shooting in Wilkinsburg in the alley behind a home in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue Thursday, March 9, 2016.
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A grief-stricken woman is comforted near the scene of a shooting on Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg on Thursday March 10, 2016.
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Jessica Shelton (left) cries along Franklin Avenue early Thursday March 10, 2016, in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a family cookout.
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A woman is overcome with emotion at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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A person reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016. As of 1:15 A.M. police confirmed there were at least 5 fatalities.
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A person reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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A woman reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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Women try to pick up a woman who collapsed at the scene of a mass shooting off of Franklin Ave. in Wilkinsburg that left five dead on early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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People watch as friends and family are overcome with emotion along Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg at the scene of a mass shooting that left 5 dead on early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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A tearful Jessica Shelton speaks at a news conference in Lighthouse Church in Mt. Oliver on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Three of Shelton's children were killed in a shooting in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
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Jessica Shelton (second from right) speaks Thursday, March 10, 2016, at The Lighthouse church in Pittsburgh. Three of Shelton's children were shot the night before at a Wilkinsburg party.
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A man lights a candle during a vigil on Thursday March 10, 2016, near the home where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday night.
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The backyard of a home where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg late Wednesday night.
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Crime scene tape lays in a garbage can in the backyard of a home where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg late Wednesday night.
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Emmai Alaquiva of Wilkinsburg quietly stands, looking at the backyard of a home where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg late Wednesday night March 9, 2016,.
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Edward Alexander, 29, of Wilkinsburg holds a candle during a vigil on Thursday March 10, 2016, near the home where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday night.
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Carla Lee (center) friend of Brittany Powell, 27, one of the victims a deadly shooting Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Wilkinsburg, looks on as people pray around her after a vigil in front of the home where the shooting occurred on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
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'I love you to the moon and back,' reads one of the items left on the front porch of a home in Wilkinsburg where five people including a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a backyard “execution” in Wilkinsburg late Wednesday night March 9, 2016.
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People gather Thursday evening March 10, 2016, to mourn and pray in front of the home in Wilkinsburg where a mass shooting occurred on Wednesday night.
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A young man prays aloud as people gather Thursday evening March 10, 2016, to mourn in front of the home in Wilkinsburg where a mass shooting occurred on Wednesday night.
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Julius Stamper, friend of Brittany Powell, 27, one of the victims of a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg, lights candles in front the home where the shooting occurred on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
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A woman lights candles as people gather Thursday evening March 10, 2016, to mourn in front of the home in Wilkinsburg where a mass shooting occurred on Wednesday night.
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Police leave deserted on Thursday, March 9, 2016, the yard of a Wilkinsburg home where six people were killed and three wounded.
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LaMont 'Murder' Powell

A manhunt for LaMont “Murder” Powell — the alleged target who survived the March 9 shooting massacre in Wilkinsburg — began Tuesday morning when he failed to show for a scheduled trial in an unrelated drug case in Washington County.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge Valarie Costanzo revoked Powell’s status of free on his own recognizance and issued a warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear for a 9:30 a.m. hearing.

Pennsylvania State Police have charged Powell, 24, with driving while high on marijuana, driving with a suspended or revoked license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a 2014 traffic stop. Inside Powell’s Cadillac, authorities found 11.4 grams of marijuana, a digital scale typically used to weigh weed and plastic sandwich bags.

Jerry Moschetta, an assistant county district attorney, told Costanzo that Powell had been informed about the hearing during his last appearance in Washington, when he arrived with medical staples in his neck and a heavily bandaged hand from two of the gunshots he suffered in the backyard picnic ambush in Wilkinsburg that killed five adults and an unborn child.

Powell has pleaded not guilty, sought at least a dozen continuances and delays and has yet to name an attorney torepresent him, Moschetta said. His co-defendant passengers in the Washington case — local rappers Marquis and Marti Brown — reached plea deals on minor possession charges.

Allegheny County police detectives and District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. have named Powell a suspect in the unsolved 2013 murder of Calvin “Calio” Doswell, 30, a low-level drug dealer who once operated in the same Homewood North public housing project where Powell lived.

Last week, Zappala charged Cheron Lamont “C-Wiz” Shelton, 29, and Robert James “Milhouse” Thomas, 27, in the slayings of Powell’s siblings Brittany Powell, 27, who hosted the barbecue in Wilkinsburg; Chanetta Powell, 25, and her unborn child; and Jerry Shelton, 35; his cousin, Tina Shelton, 37; and family friend Shada Mahone, 26.

None of the dead Sheltons is related to alleged triggerman Cheron Shelton. A preliminary hearing for Shelton and Thomas on homicide and other charges has been set for 10 a.m. July 29.

Powell was among three people wounded. Zappala said that although Powell survived the attack with serious gunshots, he never cooperated with investigators in their quest to bring to justice the people who killed his siblings.

A Tribune-Review investigation of Powell’s criminal past found his legal woes don’t end in Washington.

Powell has a scheduled hearing July 14 in Pittsburgh for allegedly beating the ex-boyfriend of his sister, Chanetta, in 2015.

Police say Powell forced the man to his knees at gunpoint, then punched and kicked him in the face. The alleged victim has twice failed to show up for court. Powell is free on $30,000 bond in that case.

In addition, he is wanted on a bench warrant out of McKeesport in connection with an aggravated assault charge for a 2012 fight there. His cousin, Terana L. Carroll, is a co-defendant in that case.

McKeesport police refuse to discuss the case.

Carl Prine is a Tribune-Review investigative reporter. Reach him at cprine@tribweb.com or 412-320-7826.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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