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CASE UPDATE: Two Lawrence County Teens Charged with Double Homicide are Held for Trial

May 22, 2018 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Following homicide charges filed in February against a pair of Lawrence County teens in the gun deaths of two victims, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the defendants will both face trial following a preliminary hearing today.

Caden Popovich, 18, of Gretchen Avenue, New Castle and Dohnavin Miller, 18, of Huron Avenue, New Castle are both charged with homicide after the fatal shooting of two victims, Justin Luca and Cameron Martwinski, during a disagreement over a girl.

“These defendants senselessly took two lives, and those victims’ families will never be the same,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Thanks to collaboration between our prosecutors, the New Castle Police Department and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, we’re pursuing justice in this tragic case.”

In addition to the homicide charges, Popovich is charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of firearm by a minor and receiving stolen property, after officials found a Glock 9mm handgun loaded with the same ammunition that was found at Popovich’s residence and removed from both victims during the autopsy.

The case is being prosecuted by Chief Deputy Attorney General Laura Ditka and Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte.

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