Philly man testifies in Western Pa. slaying trial

January 12, 2013

EBENSBURG (AP) – A Philadelphia man charged in a shooting death outside a Western Pennsylvania housing project said he fired after the other man made an aggressive move.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat said 31-year-old Marquis Neal took the stand Saturday in his own defense in the October 2011 slaying of 21-year-old J-Quan Lewis outside the Oakhurst Homes in Johnstown.

Neal said Lewis had been involved in a fight with his cousin the night before, so when he saw him outside the housing project he tried to shake hands. But he said Lewis just started to walk past, then bumped him, and then put his hands into his pockets, so Neal said he pulled his gun and fired.

Neal’s cousin and co-defendant, Anthony Harvey, has not indicated whether he will take the stand.



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