At the hearing scheduled before municipal court Judge Patrick Dugan, prosecutors were expected to begin disclosing the evidence that led to the charges against ex-officer Ryan Pownall and lay out their case for moving it on a trial track. But before the hearing, the District Attorney's office filed a motion seeking to skip the hearing and head straight to trial.
Eddie Wright, 57, was sentenced in the notorious Tacony dungeon case, a crime that shocked Philadelphia when four malnourished adults were found locked in the basement boiler room of an apartment house on Longshore Avenue in 2011.
Two teens who had attended Abraham Lincoln High School pleaded guilty Thursday to beating a 57-year-old homeless man to death last year in Holmesburg, a spontaneous attack that stunned residents who knew the victim as a transient neighborhood native struggling with addiction.
A Philadelphia Police homicide detective is under internal investigation for allegedly calling a colleague a "filthy savage" and a "grotesque, primal animal" in a letter about leaving leftover food beneath a work station that devolved into a series of racially charged insults, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Tuesday.
In a rare event, a top supervisor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office asked a judge to permit family and friends of a robbery defendant back into a courtroom. Fearful of witness intimidation, the assistant district attorney handling the case had asked that they be ordered out during the testimony of the alleged victim. A spokesman for District Attorney Larry Krasner says the supervisor was worried that the judge had committed a legal error in ordering the spectators to leave - thus creating grounds for an appeal.
Philadelphia Police are investigating the possibility that the man accused of killing a New York mother of five in his Feltonville basement - then leaving her body there for days after he fled the scene - had been living for years under a false identity.
Reezy, 32, whose legal name was Averill J. Davenport, was shot in the chest about 9:50 p.m. at 12th and Huntingdon Streets, police said. The woman, identified by police as Niesha Cooper, 34, also was shot in the chest, while four men between the ages of 27 and 51 were injured by gunfire, one of whom was reported in critical condition, police said.
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain denounced Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" status as dangerous and blamed it for "foster[ing] mistrust between the community and local law enforcement" by favoring undocumented immigrants. "If it turns out by playing favorites that you're allowing children to get raped, my office is going to have a big problem with that," he said.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, and Police Commissioner Richard Ross were among the officials who attended an event in South Philadelphia to discuss gun-related investigations and arrests.
Chris Palmer covers crime and law enforcement.