Two Washington C.H. residents who allegedly fired several gunshots into a Linden Avenue home on Aug. 10, 2015 are scheduled to go to trial Wednesday in Fayette County Common Pleas Court.
Antonio Lamar Burrell, 38, of 835 Linden Ave., is facing three first-degree felony counts of attempt to commit aggravated murder, three second-degree felony counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony count of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a third-degree felony count of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, a third-degree felony count of having weapons under disability, and a fourth-degree felony count of improper handling of firearm in a motor vehicle.
Misty M. Carver, 31, also of 835 Linden Ave., is facing three first-degree felony counts of complicity to attempted aggravated murder, three second-degree felony counts of complicity to felonious assault, a second-degree felony count of complicity to improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a third-degree felony count of complicity to discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and a fourth-degree felony count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
Both pleaded “not guilty” to all charges during their arraignments in August. Judge Steven Beathard set their bonds at $1 million each.
The victim, who lives at 894 Linden Ave., called 911 at 1:36 a.m. Aug. 10 and told the dispatcher that after the shooting she observed a white vehicle speed away heading toward Aspen Drive. She provided the names of two possible suspects, Burrell and Carver, according to the Washington C.H. Police Department. The victim, another adult and an 8-year-old child were reportedly inside the home when the shooting occurred. It is alleged that Carver was driving the vehicle and Burrell fired the shots into the house.
No one inside the house was struck during the shooting, however, one of the shotgun blasts narrowly missed a bed that the child usually sleeps in, said WPD Lt. Jon Long. Long said the shooting was allegedly the result of “a dispute over the theft of cigarettes from Burrell by (the victim).”
Following the call from the victim, WPD officers and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately responded to the scene.
As WPD Sgt. Shannon Long was driving to the scene northbound on Delaware Street, he encountered a white vehicle heading southbound. The vehicle matched the description of the vehicle provided to the dispatcher, police said.
Shannon Long made a traffic stop on the vehicle on Delaware Street near Market Street. The officer approached the vehicle and observed a shotgun located inside the vehicle on the rear passenger floorboard. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Carver, was questioned about the shotgun in the vehicle, but denied any knowledge of it being in the car, according to police.
Further investigation resulted in probable cause to arrest Carver and Burrell, police said. Burrell was arrested at his home.
Five empty shotgun shells that were allegedly found on the street in front of 894 Linden Ave. matched the gauge (12-gauge) of the shotgun located in Carver’s vehicle. “A box of unfired shotgun shells of the same manufacturer, gauge and shot-size were located inside Carver’s home at 835 Linden Avenue during a voluntary consent to search,” Long said.
The buckshot fired from the shotgun struck the vinyl siding of the house, shattered windows and impacted the walls inside the home, according to police.
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