Trial date set for alleged shooter in February drive-by

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A trial date has been set for a man who police say fired shots into a Wilkes-Barre home in February which was occupied at the time.

Onje Crowder, 19, appeared before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. on Thursday, appearing on two counts each of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person.

The Wilkes-Barre man is also facing a seventh charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Crowder was arrested in mid-March, nearly a month after he allegedly fired a shot into a Lockhart Street home that was occupied by multiple people at the time, including an 8-year-old child.

No one was injured in the Feb. 18 incident.

Crowder is accused of being the gunman in the incident, firing the shots from a vehicle being driven by Jyzah Morgan, 22.

Crowder was found while police were serving a warrant on a Bradford Street home, searching for him hiding in a basement. He was formally charged only days after the shooting, but remained on the lam until March.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Morgan, meanwhile, was taken into custody shortly after the incident. He’s facing the similar charges to Crowder, without the reckless endangerment charges but with an additional count of tampering with evidence. The Pittston man allegedly removed a spoiler from his vehicle and added tints to the windows in an attempt to avoid capture.

During a brief hearing on Thursday, Crowder entered a formal plea of not guilty to the charges against him through his attorney, Allyson Kacmarski. Sklarosky set the trial date for Oct. 21.

Crowder was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where he’s currently being held after having been denied bail.

Morgan is currently out on $100,000 straight cash bail, which he posted shortly after his arrest. He’ll be in court next on Sept. 23 for his own trial.

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By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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