- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Latest on the alleged assassination of a witness against a heroin trafficking suspect in Pittsburgh.

2:15 p.m.

The top federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh says a heroin trafficking suspect has been charged with killing a government witness against him nearly two years ago.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton says Monday’s charges against 35-year-old Price Montgomery show the “unwavering commitment to seek justice” for Tina Crawford and her family.

Hickton says Montgomery was there when Crawford and her mother were gunned down near the garage of their home in August 2014. The women were leaving to meet agents and prosecutors at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh in a money-laundering investigation related to Montgomery’s alleged heroin operation.

Montgomery’s attorneys haven’t commented.

He faces life in prison if he’s convicted of killing Crawford. He was charged because he allegedly dropped his cellphone at the scene, and his DNA was found on it.

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PITTSBURGH - A man jailed on federal heroin and weapons charges is now also charged with killing a Pittsburgh woman who was cooperating with authorities in a related money laundering investigation.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton in Pittsburgh has called a news conference Monday to discuss new charges against 35-year-old Price Montgomery. One of his attorneys declined comment.

Montgomery was charged by federal authorities in Cleveland last year with soliciting the shooting of two other unnamed witnesses.

Now authorities have named Montgomery as a shooter who killed Tina Montgomery and wounded her mother as Crawford prepared to leave her Pittsburgh home to meet with authorities in August 2014.

He’s not charged with homicide, but with federal crimes including tampering with a witness by killing a person, which carries life in prison.

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