- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WARREN, Pa. (AP) - Two men charged in the shooting death of another man last month have waived their preliminary hearings.

James McDaniel, of Russell, is charged with criminal homicide in the Feb. 5 death of 18-year-old Marcus Mattson.

Mattson’s body was found on Feb. 11 in the crawlspace of a Brokenstraw Township house.

McDaniel and his Northern Cambria half-brother Gary Williams are also charged with theft, receiving stolen property, reckless burning or exploding, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Police say McDaniel told them he shot Mattson when Mattson tried to rob him during a drug deal. But Warren County authorities say it was a premeditated killing.

The (Warren) Times Observer (http://bit.ly/1oYwpYZ ) reports the men’s lawyers waived the hearing on Tuesday.

McDaniel is jailed without bail. Williams hasn’t posted $200,000 bail.

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Information from: Warren Times Observer, http://www.timesobserver.com

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