Two Kingsessing men already serving prison terms in the 2007 shooting of a man over a $5 drug debt will now face trial on murder after their victim's death last November.
Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter held Rashad Darby, 24, on a general charge of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and a gun count after a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Derrick Wilson, 24, was held for trial on third-degree murder, conspiracy, and a gun count.
Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said Stanley Radford was shot seven times over a $5 cocaine debt and was instantly paralyzed in the Aug. 14, 2007, confrontation at 52d and Upland Streets. Radford lived, conscious but paralyzed, until succumbing Nov. 29 to infections related to his wounds.
Darby, the alleged gunman, pleaded guilty in 2008 to attempted murder and was sentenced to 12 to 25 years in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson. Wilson went to a jury trial, was convicted of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and a weapons charge, and was sentenced to 91/2 to 19 years in prison by Bronson. - Joseph A. Slobodzian