Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Swissvale Killing Suspect Pulled from Rio Grande

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Swissvale Killing Suspect Pulled from Rio Grande

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David Edick initially claimed he chucked his antique revolver into the river months before his ex-wife's new boyfriend was found shot to death with the same type of weapon.

But as days passed, he slowly began to confide in a woman he met through an online dating site and offered a sort of confession, which she repeated to police.

He fled to Mexico and was arrested last month by U.S. Border Patrol agents who caught him trying to swim across the Rio Grande River back into the United States -- with his Nagant 7.62-caliber revolver in his backpack.

Such was the testimony offered Friday at a preliminary hearing before District Judge Anthony Ceoffe, who ordered Mr. Edick to stand trial in the death of 27-year-old Ryan Beal of Swissvale.

When police arrived at the Duquesne Avenue apartment building where Mr. Beal lived with his girlfriend about 6 a.m. Aug. 31, they found Mr. Beal lying on the stairwell wedged between the banister and the wall, Allegheny County homicide Detective Steven Hitchings testified.

Mr. Beal had been shot once in the head, twice in the chest and once in the left thigh, according to a report from the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. He also had injuries to his head and spine.

Investigators think he "was shot and catapulted down the stairs," Detective Hitchings said.

Inside Mr. Beal's second-floor apartment, police found spent ammunition from a gun they don't often encounter -- a type of Russian handgun used during World War I -- a bloody fork and blood smears.

While they collected evidence from the scene, one of the homicide detectives called Mr. Beal's girlfriend, who was attending a conference in Atlanta. That woman, who married Mr. Edick in 2012 and was separated from him, told police she thought he had been following her, Detective Hitchings said.

She also told them she, Mr. Edick and Mr. Beal knew each other because they belonged in the same "circle of friends," according to an affidavit of probable cause. …

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