2010-09-09 / Local & State

Trial Ordered For Three In Fatal PA Police Shootout

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania judge has ordered three teenagers to stand trial on criminal homicide and nearly two dozen other charges in a July shootout with Pittsburgh police officers that left a 24-yearold mother dead.

District Judge David Barton made the ruling Friday in the case of 18-year-old Tyree Gaines, of Wilkinsburg, 19- year-old Richard Woodward, of East Hills and 18-year-old Amir Ferguson, of Wilkinsburg. The three are charged in the July 11 death of Arika Hainesworth during an alleged home invasion.

Authorities say Hainesworth and her son were in a home where drugs and money were being stored and the three broke in and demanded money. A police officer testified that a man in the doorway aimed an assault rifle at him and seconds later a gun battle and chase erupted.

Prosecutors say ballistics tests show that Hainesworth was not shot by police.

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