DA’s of­fice with­draws homi­cide charge

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local news - By Shelly Brad­bury

The Al­legheny County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice on Fri­day with­drew a homi­cide charge against a Wilkins­burg man who had been ar­rested in the death of a woman who was killed by an­other man she had at­tempted to rob.

Des­mond Lyons, 26, was charged with homi­cide be­cause au­thor­i­ties said he had con­spired with Mia Green to pull off the rob­bery, even though Mr. Lyons did not shoot Ms. Green.

Ms. Green, 27, was killed by the vic­tim of the rob­bery, which oc­curred Feb. 28 in­side a home in the 7300 block of Hamil­ton Av­enue in Home­wood. The rob­bery vic­tim, Deric Davis, tes­ti­fied dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Fri­day that he had been at the home with Mr. Lyons when a woman showed up at the back door and asked to buy mar­i­juana.

Mr. Davis tes­ti­fied that he was sus­pi­cious be­cause nei­ther he nor any­one in his fam­ily rec­og­nized the woman. He said that af­ter she came in­side and as he tried to de­ter­mine who she was, the woman, later iden­ti­fied as Ms. Green, hit him in the backof the head with a gun.

“I wres­tled the gun away from her, and I shot her,” he tes­ti­fied. He has not been charged in the case.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, Mr. Lyons con­fessed to po­lice that he’d plot­ted to set up Mr. Davis for the rob­bery and said his role was to scout the house to en­sure money and mar­i­juana were in­side, and then give the all-clear to Ms. Green, Pitts­burgh po­lice De­tec­tive Michael Flynn tes­ti­fied.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Melissa Hong-Barco said the of­fice opted to with­draw the homi­cide charge against Mr. Lyons “based on le­gal re­search and a re­view of the facts of the case.”

Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Der­win Rush­ing in­stead held for court charges of rob­bery, bur­glary and con­spir­acy. Say­ing he was wor­ried for the safety of the wit­nesses, the judge set a $250,000 straight bond.

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