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April 27, 2012

Teen homicide suspect heads to court

NEW CASTLE — All charges against a 16-year-old homicide suspect have been held for court.

De’andre K. McQueen of Detroit is charged as an adult with criminal homicide, aggravated and simple assault, possession of instruments of crime and recklessly endangering another person.

He was charged with the Dec. 3 fatal shooting of Eric Staller, who was found on Locust Street.

McQueen is being held in the Lawrence County jail.

At his preliminary hearing Thursday, assistant district attorney Thomas Minett presented the case for the commonwealth, which included testimony of a 17-year-old witness.

Testifying under immunity, the teenager claimed to have been driving a car in which McQueen was a passenger. The witness said McQueen got out of the car and ran up Locust Street, where Staller’s body was later found.

McQueen was represented by attorney Stanley Booker.

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