Trial is fi­nally set to be­gin in 2015 slay­ing in Ch­ester

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @arosedelco on Twit­ter

Vin­cent Clark, 27, of Clover Lane, is fac­ing first- and third-de­gree mur­der, crim­i­nal homi­cide and weapons charges for the May 31 shoot­ing out­side Michael Col­lier’s home at Third and En­gle streets.

A jury has been se­lected to try the case of a Ch­ester man ac­cused in the 2015 shoot­ing death of 33-year-old Michael Col­lier.

Vin­cent Clark, 27, of Clover Lane, is fac­ing first- and third-de­gree mur­der, crim­i­nal homi­cide and weapons charges for the May 31 shoot­ing out­side Col­lier’s home at Third and En­gle streets.

Col­lier’s fam­ily told po­lice he was re­turn­ing home that night and asked them to open the door be­cause he did not have a key on him, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause. When he pulled up out­side the res­i­dence in a 2006 Chevro­let Monte Carlo, a man wit­nesses de­scribed as wear­ing a bucket hat and tan cargo shorts ran out of a nearby al­ley and fired sev­eral shots at Col­lier. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Four wit­nesses gave ac­counts of see­ing a man known as “Vince” ei­ther nearby, car­ry­ing out the shoot­ing or flee­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. One al­legedly saw “Vince” with a hand­gun tucked into his waist­band a few weeks prior and an­other said “Vince” had been hang­ing out in an al­ley near the scene for two days prior.

A fifth wit­ness told po­lice in March that he had been rid­ing with Clark when the de­fen­dant told him, “I killed Sheets,” Col­lier’s street name. When asked why, Clark al­legedly an­swered, “Be­cause he killed Eshon.”

Eshon Rah­mir Mills, 19, of Peo­ples Street, was found shot dead shot on the 1100 block of Pine Lane May 10, 2015. Ch­ester po­lice con­firmed Col­lier was “a prob­a­ble sus­pect” in Mills’ mur­der.

Clark was ar­rested two years to the day af­ter Col­lier’s death and re­mains in cus­tody at the county prison in Con­cord. The trial is sched­uled to start Tues­day morn­ing be­fore Delaware County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge James Bradley.

De­fense at­tor­ney Wil­liam Wis­mer also made sev­eral mo­tions Fri­day to al­low ev­i­dence he could use to at­tempt to im­peach the cred­i­bil­ity of com­mon­wealth wit­nesses.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Michelle Thurstlic-O’Neill had no ob­jec­tion to Wis­mer bring­ing up a past rob­bery con­vic­tion for one wit­ness and a de­tainer lodged against an­other. Bradley de­nied Wis­mer’s mo­tion to in­tro­duce three con­vic­tions for one wit­ness that oc­curred in the 1990s, how­ever, find­ing they are “stale.”

Bradley said he would con­sider a fourth mo­tion to in­tro­duce ev­i­dence that one wit­ness ac­cepted con­tra­band from a vis­i­tor while in prison and hid it in his mouth. Wis­mer said the drugs alone do not con­sti­tute a crime of false­hood, but hid­ing them from prison guards does. Thurstlic-O’Neill ar­gued that any crime that oc­curs in the prison sys­tem would, by ne­ces­sity, in­clude an at­tempt at con­ceal­ment from au­thor­i­ties. Bradley in­di­cated he would give his an­swer on that is­sue be­fore the start of trial Tues­day.

Vin­cent Clark

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