- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Homicide charges have been filed against a Wilkes-Barre man for his alleged involvement in the deadly shooting of a 33-year-old man on Saturday.

Khalil Brathwaite, 19, is charged with one count of criminal homicide for allegedly shooting Jason Canty of Scranton at New Alexander Street in South Wilkes-Barre. He turned himself in Monday afternoon, a day after police got a warrant for his arrest, and requested an attorney.

Magisterial District Judge Martin R. Kane ordered him jailed without bail pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 4. Brathwaite declined to comment as investigators led him from the courtroom.

“We’re just happy that we’ve made a fast arrest on this, to get another individual off the street that has harmed someone and taken his life,” Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said after the hearing.

Salavantis said investigators do not believe the shooting was drug-related, but she declined to comment on the motive for the shooting, which took place outside the apartment of a woman with whom Brathwaite has a child. Brathwaite and Canty had “friendly connections” in the past, Salavantis said.

“They knew each other,” she said. “This was not a random event.”

According to a search warrant filed late Sunday evening, three 911 calls were received just before midnight: two reporting shots fired and one reporting a gunshot victim.

Canty was found by officers laying face-up in the front yard of 74 New Alexander St. with a gunshot wound to his head.


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