Target in Facebook murder-for-hire case shot dead

The target in an alleged Facebook murder-for-hire case was shot dead in West Philadelphia Monday night, just hours after a hearing in which a judge held two people for trial for conspiring to kill him.

Corey White, 22, was shot once in the chest on the 5100 block of Hadfield Street, just a few blocks from where he lived, police said. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Monday afternoon, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan held White’s ex-girlfriend, London Eley, 19, of Southwest Philadelphia, and Timothy Bynum, 18, of Darby, for trial on criminal solicitation for murder and attempted murder charges.

The two allegedly conspired to kill White during Facebook exchanges two months ago.

White had taken the stand and testified against Eley and Bynum at an earlier hearing.

Police said they are still investigating and could not yet say if White’s murder was related to the Facebook case.

In June, after an argument with White, who is the father of her child, Eley allegedly posted on her Facebook wall: “I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father.”

Stack is slang for $1,000.

When several people commented, one asking if she was sure she wanted White dead and not just hurt, police said she posted, “DEAD! HATE HIM!”

Bynum, police said, responded with: “say no more. what he look like. where he be at. need that stack 1st ima mop that bull.”

Police arrested the pair June 12 after being tipped off about the Facebook writings.

Police found a .22-caliber handgun in Bynum’s apartment. Police had said that Bynum and White did not know each other. And at the time of their arrests, police were not sure if Bynum and Eley had even known each other.

Eley and Bynum have been in jail since their arrests. Two weeks ago, White testified in an initial hearing against the pair.

At yesterday’s hearing, Dugan agreed to lower Eley's and Bynum's bail from $50,000 to $35,000 and $75,000 to $50,000, respectively. It is believed the pair were still in custody at the time of White’s murder.