- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania judge has declined to reduce the bail of a teenager charged in a shooting death that authorities said occurred during a marijuana robbery.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1HHO7CW ) reports that prosecutors argued in Armstrong County on Wednesday that the 17-year-old defendant posed a flight risk and a threat to the victim’s family and others.

The youth is being held in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center on criminal homicide and robbery charges in last month’s slaying of 18-year-old Derrike Roppolo in a Leechburg apartment.

Defense attorney Eric Levin said his client’s family couldn’t pay the $50,000 needed to post 10 percent of the $500,000 bail imposed. He said if the bond was lowered to $100,000, the family could come up with the $10,000 needed.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com


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