Attorney Shrager’s Client to Stand Trial in Jeannette Shooting Death
Man to stand trial in Jeannette shooting death
A Pittsburgh man angrily waved an automatic rifle toward four men in a Jeannette apartment, screaming that he was robbed of at least $4,000 worth of heroin, before he was shot eight times and died Sept. 14, two witnesses testified Wednesday.
Jamere Ramone Glanton, 18, of Jeannette fired the shots in self-defense, and “no crime was committed,” his attorney told District Judge Joseph DeMarchis at a hearing.
But DeMarchis ruled sufficient evidence was presented for Glanton to stand trial on charges of homicide and carrying a firearm without a license for the death of Lamone Rashaad McCoy, 20.
“After listening to the testimony, we don’t have a crime here at all. It was self-defense, and all charges should be dismissed. You have some lunatic pointing an AR-15 at my client and others … screaming at them that ‘You don’t know what I’m capable of doing,’ ” said Glanton’s attorney, David Shrager of Pittsburgh.
“(Glanton’s) charged with first-degree murder. Where’s the premeditation? My client was placed in reasonable fear of losing his life. All charges should be dismissed,” Shrager argued.
Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro countered that an argument of self-defense “does not negate the fact that an act of homicide occurred.” He reminded De-Marchis that Glanton allegedly fired eight shots at McCoy during the argument at 6 S. Seventh St.
“On the self-defense argument, maybe we could give (Glanton) one shot, but the autopsy by Dr. Cyril Wecht showed that Mr. McCoy died from five shots to his head, two shots into his chest and one in his back,” Ciaramitaro said.
Former Jeannette resident Brandon Walker, 35, who lives in Allegheny County, testified that when he and his girlfriend, Angela Clark, returned to their apartment about 10:30 p.m. that night, McCoy, or “Mizzie,” was in the kitchen arguing with Glanton and three other men. Walker said McCoy was sitting in a chair and had the automatic rifle resting between his legs.
“McCoy was real mad. They were arguing about drugs,” Walker said.
Walker said McCoy then lifted the gun, pointed the muzzle at the men and said they didn’t understand “what he was capable of.”
“Jamere then pulled out a gun and began firing immediately. I thought there were four or five shots. Mizzie was hit in the face and chest. Jamere left immediately,” Walker testified.
Walker’s girlfriend testified that she saw McCoy lift the rifle and point it at the men. Clark said McCoy, who was living at the apartment, was angry because he had been robbed of about 400 stamp bags of heroin — worth at least $4,000 — earlier that day “and wanted to find out who did it.”
“Mizzie was trying to intimidate them … holding the rifle like he was going to use it,” Clark testified.
She heard the fatal shots come from Glanton’s direction, but she didn’t see him pull out the handgun or pull the trigger, she testified.
“Jamere then left immediately. Everybody did. It was complete chaos,” Clark said.
Another former Jeannette resident, Nicholas Levendosky, 25, said Glanton and some friends came to his nearby apartment on Vale Avenue after the shooting.
“He was throwing up in the bathroom and washing his hands. He washed his hands a few times with bleach,” Levendosky said.
Levendosky said he figured out what had happened when he overheard one of Glanton’s friends trying to comfort him.
“His friend told him that North Side (expletive) got what he deserved. Jamere then replied something about snatching his (McCoy’s) soul,” Levendosky said.
Levendosky’s girlfriend, Brianne Swarmer, of Pittsburgh, said that after the shooting, Glanton moved into the Vale Avenue apartment, where he was arrested on Oct. 15. She said the 22-caliber handgun Glanton used to show everyone disappeared after McCoy was shot.
She testified that Glanton and his friends videotaped “raps” about the killing with lyrics about “Mizzie’s soul being snatched and it being Jamere’s first bod.”
Swarmer testified that shortly after McCoy’s death, she saw Glanton threaten Levendosky, who was angry at one of Glanton’s friends for groping her.
“Jamere told Nick that he would be his next body if he ever got smart with one of his friends again,” Swarmer testified.
Glanton pleaded not guilty and remains in the Westmoreland County jail without bail.