Sus­pect to stand trial on mur­der charges

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

One of two men au­thor­i­ties say shot and killed a 15-yearold teen will stand trial in Ch­ester County Court.

PHOENIXVILLE » One of two sus­pects ac­cused of tak­ing part in the slay­ing of a 15-year-old in a Dunkin Donuts park­ing lot last De­cem­ber is ex­pected to face a trial for the killing.

Robert McCoy III, 23, of Pottstown, waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on Wed­nes­day on charges re­lated to the Dec. 27, 2017, mur­der of 15-yearold Jayson Or­tiz-Cameron. Charges against McCoy in­clude sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, crim­i­nal homi­cide, rob­bery, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy, theft and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Ch­ester County De­tec­tives and Phoenixville Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter it was re­ported that one per­son had been shot at ap­prox­i­mately 7:30 p.m. out­side Dunkin Donuts, 218 Nutt Road, on Dec. 27. Upon ar­rival, po­lice found the vic­tim, Or­tiz-Cameron, suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound to the head. He was pro­nounced dead be­fore ar­riv­ing at the hospi­tal.

Po­lice con­ducted wit­ness in­ter­views and re­viewed crime scene ev­i­dence, cell phone records and video sur­veil­lance fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice learned that Or­tizCameron and one other vic­tim agreed to meet with in­di­vid­u­als they later iden­ti­fied as McCoy and Brian Corsey, 25, of Philadel­phia to ar­range a drug deal.

At one point dur­ing the meet up, the vic­tim said, Or­tiz-Cameron went to speak with Corsey and McCoy al­legedly grabbed the sec­ond vic­tim and told him, “You don’t want to go over there.”

At that time, the vic­tim said he saw Corsey pull out a small semi-au­to­matic hand­gun. He then heard a shot and saw Or­tiz-Cameron fall to the ground, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Both men then got back into the ve­hi­cle and fled the park­ing lot to­ward Mil­li­gan Street, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

Court doc­u­ments state that ad­di­tional wit­nesses cor­rob­o­rated that McCoy had been look­ing for a con­nec­tion to pur­chase mar­i­juana in the days lead­ing up to the homi­cide. Po­lice said video sur­veil­lance from the scene also cor­rob­o­rates wit­ness state­ments about the in­ci­dent and that video shows what ap­pears to be a black Ford sedan with dis­tinc­tive wheels and a rear spoiler leav­ing the scene.

On Jan. 1 Pottstown Po­lice lo­cated a ve­hi­cle match­ing that de­scrip­tion on War­ren and King streets. In­ves­ti­ga­tors found a 2007 black four­door Ford Fo­cus with a reg­is­tra­tion plate re­moved. Po­lice say the ve­hi­cle had iden­ti­cal wheels to those seen in sur­veil­lance video from Dunkin Donuts as well as a dark plas­tic cov­er­ing on the rear pas­sen­ger side win­dow. The ve­hi­cle also had a stock spoiler on the trunk lid, po­lice said. Po­lice say the ve­hi­cle was reg­is­tered to Corsey.

McCoy is sched­uled for a for­mal ar­raign­ment on June 28 and Corsey is await­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing sched­uled for June 27.

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