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Third person arrested, charged with killing Wilkinsburg mother of 2 for her tax refund |

Third person arrested, charged with killing Wilkinsburg mother of 2 for her tax refund

Jacob Tierney
| Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:48 a.m
Keiauna Lynnette Davis
Allegheny County Police
Dane Taylor
Allegheny County Police
Kaijin Scott
Allegheny County Police
Laya Whitley
A memorial stands alogn Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg for Keiauna Lynette Davis, 27, who was shot and killed Thursday while being robbed of her tax refund.

Members of the fugitive squad with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday apprehended the third person wanted in the past week’s shooting death of a Wilkinsburg woman.

Suspected shooter Dane James Taylor, 21, was discovered hiding in a North Braddock residence at 12:21 p.m. and will be held in the Allegheny County Jail, Allegheny County Police said.

Keiauna Lynette Davis, 27, was shot and killed Thursday on Laketon Road while being robbed of her tax refund, police said.

Already in custody are Laya Alana Whitley, 21, of Pittsburgh and Kaijin Xavier Scott, 23, of Turtle Creek.

All three are charged with criminal homicide, robbery and conspiracy. Taylor also is charged with carrying a firearm without a license.

Davis had recently received her tax refund and was carrying $3,000 cash the day she died, according to police. She worked at the Dollar General on Laketon Road in Wilkinsburg with Whitley.

Whitley texted Taylor about the money, and the two conspired to steal it, police said. Taylor hired Scott, an acquaintance, to give him a ride.

Scott told police that he knew Taylor by the nickname “HD” but didn’t know his real name.

The pair followed Davis in a Toyota Corolla after she left work shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to court records.

Taylor was wearing a mask and carrying a gun, according to police. He allegedly told Scott to stop the car, then got out and confronted Davis in a lot on Laketon Road, court records said.

Scott heard Taylor yelling “give it to me.” Davis told Taylor she didn’t have money and begged him to stop, police said.

In the ensuing confrontation, Taylor fired two shots. The first one missed, and the second went through Davis’ hip, police said.

Taylor took Davis’ purse and got back in the car, then Scott drove off, the affidavit said.

Davis was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she was pronounced dead within an hour, according to police. She had two children, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI.

Taylor paid Scott $800, according to police.

Investigators talked to witnesses and used surveillance footage to identify the Corolla and trace it back to Scott, who talked to police and confessed his role, according to the affidavit.

Through Scott, detectives identified Whitley. They used texts on Whitley’s phone and social media posts to identify “HD” as Taylor.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on March 9 in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

A fundraiser on Facebook, with a goal of $10,000 toward funeral arrangements for Davis, had nearly $8,000 from 227 donors as of Sunday afternoon. People who wish to donate can do so at

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, or via Twitter @Soolseem. Staff writer Michael DiVittorio contributed to this story

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, or via Twitter .

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