Bench warrant issued for witness in Uniontown slaying

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UNIONTOWN (AP) – A bench warrant has been issued for witness who failed to appear in a homicide trial in the slaying of a man killed at a Western Pennsylvania housing complex in 2012.


Prosecutors said 32-year-old Christopher Teets was scheduled to testify Thursday in the Fayette County trial of 28-year-old Kurtavius Smith of Uniontown.


Detective James Caccimelio told The Herald-Standard of Uniontown that he is also wanted on a separate warrant for failure to appear for sentencing in a theft case last month.


Smith is charged in the May 2012 slaying of 28-year-old Marlin Crawford of Uniontown near Pershing Court. Authorities allege in the criminal complaint that Smith had sent text messages to an ex-girlfriend expressing dismay that she was dating the victim, and in one text threatening to kill him.


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