‘Damn that **** sucks,’ homicide suspect says after arraignment, plugs his rap music

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham is escorted into district court on Tuesday to face homicide charges in connection with the april slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham is escorted into district court on Tuesday to face homicide charges in connection with the april slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferrentino speaks with the media following Devin Malik Cunningham’s arraignment on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferrentino speaks with the media following Devin Malik Cunningham’s arraignment on Tuesday. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. - - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

KINGSTON — As he was led from his arraignment on homicide charges Tuesday afternoon, a grinning Devin Malik Cunningham seemed more concerned with promoting his social media presence than the allegations against him.

“Damn that (expletive) sucks, I can’t lie,” Cunningham said as he was led from District Judge James Haggerty’s courtroom. “But I gotta deal with it. Follow me on SoundCloud at Fat Polo.”

Cunningham, 20, is one of four people arrested in connection with the stabbing death of 71-year-old Joseph Monka in Edwardsville last month.

Fat Polo is one of the street names by which Cunningham has been known, police have said.

Luzerne County Assistant District Attorneys Jarrett Ferentino and Brittany Quinn are prosecuting the case.

“This is a very difficult crime to speak about. I’d prefer to speak about it in the courtroom,” Ferentino told reporters after Cunningham’s arraignment. “Mr. Monka was a good member of this community. He was related to one of the defendants.”

Responding to reporters as he was led away from the magistrate’s office, Cunningham denied killing Monka.

“Nah, but I was around,” he added.

Monka was found dead from multiple stab wounds inside his apartment at 30 Arch St., Edwardsville, on April 17.

State police at Wyoming charged Monka’s granddaughter, Gabriella Elizabeth Long, 17, Mercedes Lin Hall, 16, Christopher Brian Cortez, 19, and Cunningham, in the stabbing death. Long resided with her grandfather.

After Monka was killed, investigators allege the four ransacked the residence stealing nearly $30,000 from a safe, took showers together and fled in Monka’s 2016 Kia Soul.

Long, Hall and Cortez were found leaving a motel room at the Red Roof Inn in Plains Township where the Kia was located on April 17.

Cunningham was located later at his mother’s home in Fairfax, Virginia.

Long and Hall, of East Grove Street, Kingston; and Cortez, of McHale Street, Wilkes-Barre, were arraigned April 18 by District Judge James Haggerty in Kingston on charges of criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, unauthorized use of a vehicle, tampering with evidence and two counts each of theft and criminal conspiracy to commit theft.

They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.

According to court documents, Cortez told authorities that he and Cunningham stabbed Monka in the neck several times and took his Kia and spent money they took from his safe. Cortez also said Cunningham, assaulted Monka using a golf club.

Cunningham was led into court Tuesday wearing a blue tank top, black-and-white checkered pajamas and black sneakers.

Haggerty denied Cunningham bail after he was charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of conspiracy of theft by unlawful taking, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a tampering with evidence charge.

“It’s a tragic case, it’s a violent case, but its one we are going to see through our system to hold these four individuals accountable regardless of their age and the circumstances,” Ferentino added. “Nothing justifies the conduct here.”

Ferentino credited members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Edwardsville Borough Police Department, Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement for the capture and return of Cunningham to face charges.

“We will proceed with the charges at the preliminary hearing at the courthouse on June 7,” he said.

Cunningham also was arraigned on separate charges stemming from a March 25 incident where Kingston Borough Police allege he stole $10 from a blue Chevrolet Cobalt and attempted to steal items from another vehicle. Haggerty set bail in that case at $5,000.

He is being held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.

Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham is escorted into district court on Tuesday to face homicide charges in connection with the april slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/web1_cunningham1-1.jpgHomicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham is escorted into district court on Tuesday to face homicide charges in connection with the april slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/web1_cunningham2-1.jpgHomicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferrentino speaks with the media following Devin Malik Cunningham’s arraignment on Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/web1_cunningham3-1.jpgAssistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferrentino speaks with the media following Devin Malik Cunningham’s arraignment on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Homicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/web1_cunningham4-1.jpgHomicide suspect Devin Malik Cunningham responds to reporters as he was led from district court on Tuesday where he was arraigned on homicide charges in connection with the April slaying of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
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By Dan Stokes

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