Sunday, July 5, 2015

Man to be charged in 2006 Bristol Twp. killing

News confrence set for 11 a.m. for fatal shooting of Levottown man.

Man to be charged in 2006 Bristol Twp. killing

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Bristol Township police are about to file charges in a nearly six-year-old murder case involving a Levittown man.

The police and Bucks County District Attorney’s Office have called an 11 a.m. news conference to announce the filing of murder charges against Ckaron Handy  for the 2006 death of Kevin Battista.

Battista.  30, of the first block of Apricot Lane, was found by police at Mustang and Airacobra Streets at 2:18 a.m., Dec. 7, 2006. He was taken to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a shoulder wound.

At the time, the Bloomsdale-Fleetwing section of the township where the shooting occurred had received anti-crime Weed and Seed program money for fighting drugs and other problems. Police declined to say then whether drugs played a role in Battista's death.

Police Chief James McAndrew and District Attorney David W. Heckler are scheduled to conduct the news press conference at 11 a.m. at the Bristol Township Building.

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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 cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org 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 bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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