- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Two 18-year-old men have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after they moved a dying 17-year-old friend out of one car to leave him in another rather than helping him, police said.

Noah Lalama, of Monaca, and Terell Shelton, of Bellevue, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Monday. An autopsy on the body of Dominick Treemarchi was completed, but Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said she won’t release the results pending further investigation.

Steve Colafella, Lalama’s defense attorney, said Treemarchi died of a drug overdose after being with friends.

“My client is very distraught,” Colafella said of Lalama. “He was very close to the victim and learned his friend had in fact passed this morning when he was charged with involuntary manslaughter.”

Monaca police also charged two juveniles in Treemarchi’s death. He was a backup lineman for Central Valley High School, which is scheduled to play Friday for the PIAA Class AAA championship in Hershey on Friday.

Police said they found Treemarchi’s body in a car parked near Lalama’s after someone called police about 1 a.m. Sunday because they had seen people moving a body from one car to another.

According to a criminal complaint, police arrived to find Lalama’s car parked with him in it, and another car parked behind, in which Treemarchi was laying unresponsive and his face blue.

Sgt. Patrick Young said at a news conference Monday that officers initially focused on arresting Shelton and Lalama after they found marijuana in their pockets and a .25-caliber pistol on Shelton. But a 911 dispatcher told officers at the scene that a caller wanted police to focus on the second car, where Treemarchi was found.

It was locked, so an officer broke the window to reach Treemarchi and administered first aid until paramedics arrived, Young said.

“Seconds count in a medical emergency. It kind of eludes us why they didn’t say anything,” Young said of the suspects.

Online court records didn’t list Shelton’s attorney.

Police did not release the names of the two other teens charged as juveniles with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses.

Central Valley school Superintendent Nicholas Perry said grief counselors were available for students Monday. An early dismissal was planned for classes Friday due to the football game.

“We spoke with the team this morning about the event and the team wants to move forward with the game,” Perry said. “They feel that it would have been important to him as well.”

Lalama and Shelton are also charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence - for allegedly moving the body - and possession of marijuana.

Shelton was also charged with illegally possessing a weapon. Lalama was also charged with making terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child because police contend he threatened to harm the 16-year-old child of a police officer when Lalama became angry with police while in a holding cell.

Both defendants face a preliminary hearing Dec. 19.

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