Pair charged in Monessen homicide

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MONESSEN – A Monessen man already in custody for attempted homicide and his girlfriend were charged today in the robbery and slaying of a former Washington County man Dec. 3 in this Westmoreland County city.


Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Earl V. Pinkney, 19, of 617 Chestnut St., and Chalsee L. Hughes, 19, of Duquesne, were arraigned on charges including homicide and robbery before District Judge Joseph Dalfonso. Both suspects in the shooting death of Chris “Snax” Fincik were remanded to Westmoreland County Prison without bond, court records show.


Pinkney also was arrested along with four others Dec. 4 in the attempted shooting of Jaisen Irwin in Monessen in retaliation for his boasting about knowing who killed Fincik.


Fincik, 36, formerly of Charleroi, was shot in the chest about 12:30 a.m. after he answered his door to let a woman inside his apartment at 902 Maple Ave. in the Highland Manor section of Monessen. Police discovered a white powdered drug and money in his kitchen while processing the homicide scene, an affidavit in the case indicates.


Also today, Dalfonso ordered Pinkney and the other four suspects to stand trial in Westmoreland County Court on charges related to the attempted homicide of Irwin. The other Monessen suspects arrested in that case have been identified as: brothers Joshua Stepoli, 18, and Terrance Stepoli, 20; their sister Samone Stepoli, 21; and Antoine Hairston, 19.


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