Saturday, February 13, 2016

Suspects in Levittown musician's murder to be charged today

Danny DeGennaro was killed Dec. 28 in botched robbery. Four of his alleged killers are in custody, and the fifth was expected to turn himself in this afternoon.

Suspects in Levittown musician's murder to be charged today

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Danny DeGennaro

Three suspects in the killing of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro are expected to be arraigned on first-degree murder charges at 5 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Jermaine Jackson and Kazair Gist were arrested Thursday in New Jersey, and Breon Powell was expected to turn himself in at 4 p.m., authorities said. If Powell does turn himself in, all three will be arraigned before District Justice Robert L. Wagner Jr. in Levittown, authorities said. Otherwise, the two men in custody will be arraigned and a warrant will be issued for Powell’s arrest.

DeGennaro was killed in his Bristol Township home on Dec. 28 during a botched robbery by three men and two women. The two women, Danasia Bakr, 17, of Falls Township, and Tatyana Henderson, 18, of Bensalem, waited outside the house on Crabtree Drive while two men went inside to rob the popular guitar player and song writer, according to court documents.

One of the men shot DeGennaro, 56, once in the chest at close range with a shot gun, and the other man fired one shot from a handgun but missed, according to court documents.

Bakr was arraigned March 13 on first-degree murder charges, and Henderson has been in county prison on unrelated theft charges since March 6.  

DeGennaro played in local bands and clubs since he was a young teenager. He toured the country and the world with rock and R&B stars such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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