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November 25. 2013 11:55PM

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WILKES-BARRE —Wilkes-Barre police are trying to determine whether a Mercedes Benz seen swerving in Plymouth is linked to the deadly shooting of Michael Onley at the Outsider’s Bar on Oct. 13.

On Friday at 1 a.m., a Plymouth police officer spotted the driver of a Mercedes swerving on Main Street in Plymouth and turning into a parking lot from the wrong lane. A few hours later, city police seized the vehicle to find out whether it could help them make an arrest in homicide of the 34-year-0ld disc jockey and city resident.

Onley, known professionally as “DJ Mo,” was in the patio court area of South Main Street bar when he was shot to death at about 12:15 a.m.

Witnesses claimed the gunfire originated near a silver or gray vehicle, possibly a Mercedes Benz, that was traveling on South Pennsylvania Avenue when Onley was killed, according to search warrant affidavits.

No charges have been filed related to the Onley’s homicide.

An autopsy showed Onley died from a single gunshot wound to his head, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

Police obtained a search warrant for cellphone records of David “D-Rock” Nealy, who allegedly was inside Outsider’s and drove the Mercedes Benz the night Onley was slain.

According to the criminal complaint and search warrant affidavits:

Plymouth officer Mike Thomas spotted a Mercedes Benz swerving and turning from the opposite lane of travel into Turkey Hill’s parking lot just before 1 a.m. Friday. Rhamel Steve Lambert, 25, of Bradford Street, Wilkes-Barre, got out of the car and refused Thomas’ commands to stop, saying, “Get the (expletive) out of here, I don’t have to stop.”

Lambert was arrested after a violent struggle with Thomas, who suffered a hand injury.

Plymouth police allege Lambert tried to swallow three heroin packets. He claimed he wasn’t selling drugs but was going to give the heroin to a female passenger for sex, the complaint says.

Lambert was charged with various drug offenses and resisting arrest. He was released Friday after posting $20,000 bail.

City police on Nov. 14 issued an alert for area police departments to be on the lookout for a silver or gray Mercedes Benz. Thomas contacted city police that took custody of the car.

Nealy, 32, allegedly told police he was at Outsider’s Bar on Oct. 13 with another man he knows as “Roofy.” Nealy claimed he gave “Roofy” a ride, and returned the Mercedes to its owner on Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre. Nealy did not remember the name and address of the car’s owner, the affidavit says.

Police interviewed Candice Heppding, who claimed Nealy drove the Mercedes for about two days before Onley was killed. She had not seen the car since.

Heppding told police Nealy called her at about 2 a.m. Oct. 13 and asked to pick him up on North Main Street. When Heppding arrived, Nealy allegedly told her he had a flat tire, the affidavit says.

The affidavits say Nealy’s cell was in the custody of state parole agents. Court records say Nealy was released from state prison on parole for a drug conviction in Lackawanna County in 2010.

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