Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Obtain Arrest Warrant in Slaying of Teen Homewood Man, 19, Sought in May Shooting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Obtain Arrest Warrant in Slaying of Teen Homewood Man, 19, Sought in May Shooting

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Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old man in the shooting death in a Swissvale park of a Woodland Hills High School 10th-grader in May.

William H. Smoot IV of Homewood, who also has ties to the Swissvale area, is charged with homicide, robbery, gun violations and reckless endangerment in connection with the slaying of Vallen Davies-Mack, 17, of Swissvale.

Allegheny County police on Saturday announced that they had obtained the warrant a day earlier.

First responders found Vallen on May 18 suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in Collingwood Park about 7:10 a.m., although investigators discovered that neighbors heard gunfire about 1:30 a.m., Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a news release.

Vallen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Vallen was killed during a drug deal, according to a criminal complaint that cites statements of two unnamed witnesses.

The first witness met Vallen about a year before his death when both were selling marijuana in Downtown, the complaint said, referencing a May interview.

The day before Vallen was found dead in Collingswood Park, the witness went to a house in Wilkinsburg to hang out with two people named "Gutter" and "Smoot."

The group smoked marijuana. Shortly after midnight, "Smoot" - later identified as the defendant -asked the witness for information about someone who could sell pot, the complaint said.

Police said the witness contacted Vallen on Facebook and set up a drug deal at the park. When the witness and defendant met with Vallen, Mr. Smoot drew a gun and told Vallen to "throw it off."

There was the sound of a gunshot as the witness ran. Vallen yelled, and then there were two more shots.

The witness told police that Vallen did not have a gun.

A second witness interviewed Wednesday lived with Mr. Smoot for six months, but threw him out because he brought a gun home, the complaint said. …

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