Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl, 17, Facing Trial on Charges of Killing Man in Mckees Rocks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl, 17, Facing Trial on Charges of Killing Man in Mckees Rocks

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A district judge Friday held a 17-year-old Coraopolis girl for trial on charges of killing a 19-year-old man May 24 in McKees Rocks.

Police said Destiny Brown confessed that she shot Marshawn Ptomey after he pushed her to the ground and was fighting with Destiny's friend, Tyler Mayhugh, 16. Destiny and Tyler were walking on Russellwood Avenue when they encountered Mr. Ptomey.

"Mr. Mayhugh was engaged in some sort of confrontation with Mr. Ptomey at which point Ms. Brown pulled a firearm from her purse and shot Mr. Ptomey," Allegheny County police Detective Patrick Miller testified.

Destiny stood still and silent in handcuffs during the arraignment.

Defense attorney Milton Raiford argued that a "gang" of 12-25 other men were also on the street and that Mr. Ptomey had a history of making sexually inappropriate comments to Destiny in school.

"You can use deadly force when you're confronted with deadly force," Mr. Raiford said. "There's a gang of guys there and this guy knocks her to the ground. …

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