Second DeGennaro murder trial begins

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Danny DeGennaro, killed in 2011 in his Bucks County home, played music with Clarence Clemmons of the E Street Band and played with former members of the Grateful Dead in KINGFISH. ( William Johnson/PhillyBurbs.com)

The second murder trial in the 2011 slaying of popular Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro opened in Bucks County Court Tuesday, about four months after the alleged mastermind of the plot that left DeGennaro dead was convicted of second-degree murder.

This trial is for the two alleged gunmen, Breon Powell, 21, and Kazair Gist, 19, both of Trenton.

Powell is accused of firing the fatal shotgun blast that struck DeGennaro in the chest during a botched robbery attempt at DeGennaro’s home, according to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weintraub. Gist is accused of shooting at DeGennaro with a handgun but missing, Weintraub added.

Messages left Tuesday for Gist’s and Powell’s attorneys were not immediately returned.

In May, Jermaine Jackson, 21, of Trenton, was found guilty of second-degree murder for organizing the plot and was sentenced to life without parole.

Two accused getaway drivers, Danasia Bakr, 19, of Falls Township, and Tatyana Henderson, 19, of Bensalem, have also been charged for their roles in the slaying but have not yet faced trial. They have cooperated with authorities and were key witnesses in the case against Jackson.

The two are expected to take the stand in this trial as well, Weintraub said.

Weintraub added that the trial could last up to a month.

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