Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CITY/SOUTH [Derived Headline]

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Man, 22, will stand trial in kidnapping, killing

A district judge in Pittsburgh on Friday held nearly all the charges against a homicide defendant during a preliminary hearing in City Court but dismissed a count of abuse of a corpse.

Kristopher Lott, 22, no address listed, will stand trial in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on charges that he kidnapped and killed Ryan Ramirez, 22, whose body was found last month in Washington County. He is also charged with robbery, possession of a firearm and unlawful restraint.

Allegheny County Police charged Mr. Lott after they spoke to a person who was with the pair the day officials suspect Mr. Ramirez died.

The witness told police Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Lott met Aug. 22 to discuss purchasing Percocet. At some point during the deal, the witness told police, Mr. Lott pulled a gun. Court documents say the witness told police that Mr. Lott pulled over the car and demanded that Mr. Ramirez get out and walked with him to a wooded area. The witness heard arguing and a gunshot, and then Mr. Lott emerged from the woods without Mr. Ramirez, police said.

Attempted homicide case headed to juvenile court

Prosecutors on Friday withdrew charges against a 17-year-old charged with running over a pedestrian in Highland Park, but court records indicate they intend to handle the case in juvenile court.

Diego Romero of Hermitage, Mercer County, was arrested Sept. 7 after Pittsburgh police said he drove into a man walking down Heths Avenue a month earlier.

The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition because of injuries to his head and a broken leg, a criminal complaint said.

Diego was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other offenses.

During a preliminary hearing in City Court, the Allegheny County District Attorney's office withdrew all charges. A notation in the case file indicated that the case would be taken up in the Family Division of Common Pleas Court.

Detectives asked the victim's companion why Diego would want to attack the victim. He told detectives that several days earlier he was with the victim and two others who called Diego to buy marijuana, but when the men met Diego they robbed him. …

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