PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A district judge ordered a 15-year-old boy to stand trial on homicide charges in the shooting that wounded a pregnant teen in Duquesne and claimed the life of her unborn child.
In June, Eric Taylor of Duquesne was charged as an adult in the May 26 shooting of 15-year-old DeRae Delgado and her unborn child. Delgado was seven months pregnant when she was shot four times at her Friendship Avenue home. Her unborn son was killed as a result of two shots to the stomach.
At the preliminary hearing Wednesday, there was considerable debate about whether Taylor’s 15-year-old friend, who testified in court, changed the story he told detectives in a videotaped interview.
The video was played in court.
Prosecutors have asked we not identify the witness.
Here’s what he told police. He refers to Eric Taylor as “E.”
Detective: “So you see E and Kelvante actually go out of view onto this porch. And then what happens?”
Witness: “And then I heard gunshots. Then, everybody ran, and then they ran and I ran.”
Detective: “How many gunshots do you think you heard?”
Witness: “At least like four or three.”
Detective: “Three or four shots?”
Witness: “Um hmm.”
Witness: “I saw E running, Kelvante ran.”
Detective: “And where are they running from? They running from off the porch there?”
Witness: “From off the porch, yeah.”
Detective: “And when they’re running do you see anything? Do you notice anything with E?”
Witness: “Like, I saw his gun.”
Detective: “You saw his gun?”
But on the stand today, the witness said he could not see Taylor on the porch and couldn’t see a gun.
Defense attorney Blaine Jones says that could be a credibility issue at trial.
“His truth was my client had no gun. He didn’t see him with a gun at any time. My client never made any admissions and two people were on the porch. In fact, he testified under oath that as they were walking the other young man told them to wait,” said Jones. “Not my client.”
Taylor was already in the Allegheny County Jail on charges related to another shooting at the time of his arrest, police said.
The defense was successful in having two of the reckless endangerment charges against Taylor dropped. But after today’s testimony, he still will face trial on the criminal homicide and weapons charges.