Witnesses help identify 2nd teen charged in killing Hill District man
Witnesses who came forward during a preliminary hearing for an accused shooter helped Pittsburgh police identify a second suspect in the Hill District shooting, court records show.
Police on Thursday arrested Jameel Porter, 17, at his home on Ledlie Street in the Hill District, Lt. Daniel Herrmann said. Porter is charged with homicide, robbery, conspiracy and possession of a gun by a minor.
Porter and Jamal Daniel, 17, of the Hill are accused of shooting Andre Roberts, 23, of the Hill in his vehicle on Webster Avenue on June 23.
Investigators used cellphone records, video surveillance, DNA testing and an interview with a witness who was inside the vehicle to tie Daniel to the shooting. A judge ordered him to stand trial on charges of homicide, robbery, conspiracy and gun possession by a minor at a hearing in October.
Video surveillance obtained from the Samba Mini Market on Bedford Avenue showed a teen identified as Daniel walking with another young man just before the shooting. A police sergeant told homicide detectives the second person was Porter.
After Daniel’s preliminary hearing, Roberts’ family and friends asked detectives to see the photos taken from the market video, according to a criminal complaint against Porter. One of them, whom police did not identify, pinpointed Porter as the other teen in the video.
A judge arraigned Porter early Friday and ordered him held without bail at the Allegheny County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 12.
Margaret Harding is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or [email protected].