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Hearing dates are set in the death of Officer Brian Lorenzo, and in the June 11 shooting at the Piazza at Schmidts

Case updates


The preliminary hearing for the Bucks County man charged with the July 8 early-morning crash on I-95 that killed Philadelphia Police motorcycle Officer Brian Lorenzo has been rescheduled for Sept. 26 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

John Leck Jr., 47, of Levittown, remains in prison without bail facing charges that include murder and homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence.

Police say Leck was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-95 at 3:15 a.m. when his Audi A6 collided with the police motorcycle being driven by Lorenzo, 48, near the Cottman Avenue exit. Lorenzo, a 23-year veteran of the force and member of the elite Highway Patrol Unit, was on his way home from work and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Juliano Coelho told Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan that Leck’s attorney, Michael Parlow, had just got the case.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 19 for Steven Miller, 22, the Northeast Philadelphia man charged with the June 11 shooting death of Maurice Kimble, 24, during an argument outside a bar in the Piazza at Schmidts complex in Northern Liberties.

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan set the hearing date Wednesday after lawyer Charles Auspitz entered his appearance as Miller’s defense attorney. Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax will prosecute the case.

Miller was arrested June 26 during a car stop near Houston, where he allegedly fled after the shooting. Police say Miller and Kimble, of Upper Darby, began arguing inside the PYT bar and then went outside. Shortly after midnight, Miller allegedly shot Kimble twice in the chest and once in the groin.

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