PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say it was a dispute between cousins that turned into a shooting and then a SWAT situation. Now, it will be up to a judge or jury to decide what role the suspect played.
Defendant Tim Brown turned to KDKA cameras after today’s hearing and said, “I’d like to say stop snitching and stop lying.”READ MORE: Pool At Lt. Governor's Residence Will Once Again Be Used To Teach Kids To Swim
He was being sent back to jail, now ordered to stand trial on charges including attempted homicide and new charges including assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.
Those charges stem from a shooting on Feb. 8 at a Wilkins apartment complex. Prosecutors think he ditched the gun in a trash can.
The shooting victim, Aaron Blaylock, Brown’s cousin, attended the hearing but was not called to testify.
“I actually saw him here the last time and I saw him here today and for whatever reason he decided not to testify,” said defense attorney Blaine Jones.
So the prosecution called a paramedic who treated Blaylock at the scene after a dispute between the two over whether brown would take Blaylock for a ride turned into gunfire.READ MORE: Stalemate Breaks On To-Go Mixed Drinks For Pennsylvania Bars, Restaurants
Police, fearing an active shooter, put residents of the Laurel Village apartment complex in Wilkis on lockdown and the SWAT team was called.
Blaylock was shot multiple times in the lower extremities.
But the family connection has made the case difficult.
The prosecution wanted a no contact order but because the families are so closely related the judge declined to impose that order.
The defense claims the gunfire that affected so many that day in February was not exclusively the result of the defendant.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra To Have Live Audiences For Return To Heinz Hall In September
“My client is maintaining, and you heard the testimony as a matter of fact, that he’s not the one that initiated any type of physical contact,” said defense attorney Jones. “My client my maintains that it wasn’t his firearm and that he never pulled the trigger. At this level he does not testify but at the next level we’ll be ready,” Jones said.