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Man ordered to trial in slayings of 3, including girl, 10

February 20, 2019

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been ordered to stand trial in what authorities allege was a robbery-related shooting in western Pennsylvania that killed three people, including a 10-year-old girl.

The New Castle News reports that the attorney representing 20-year-old Anthony Lavon Cooper argues that Lawrence County prosecutors lack credible evidence against his client in the October 16 slayings.

Cooper and two other people face charges in the slayings of 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey, her 31-year-old boyfriend Lawrence Cannon, and her 10-year-old daughter, Amariah Emery. Four other young children in the home were unharmed. Authorities said Cooper was arrested after fleeing to Detroit.

Defense attorney Antonio Tuddles unsuccessfully sought dismissal of all charges Tuesday, arguing that although a co-defendant allegedly said his client was involved, a child eyewitness named someone else as the shooter.

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Information from: New Castle News, http://www.ncnewsonline.com