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January 9, 2013

New: Murder trial opens in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — District Attorney Kelly Callihan told a county jury today that the killing of 21-year-old J-Quan Lewis was senseless, cold-blooded and done out of revenge.

Callihan made the statement as the murder trial got under way for two Philadelphia cousins accused of killing Lewis on Oct. 1, 2011, in a parking lot at the Oakhurst Homes.

The defendants 30-year-old Marquis “G” Neal and 29-year-old Anthony “Mack” Harvey are on trial at the Johnstown Court Room in the Central Park Complex.

The killing took place around 2 p.m. approximately 14 hours after Harvey and Lewis had a confrontation at Edder's Den, a bar in the Oakhurst neighborhood.

Callihan said that the confrontation ended in a fight outside the bar, where Lewis beat Harvey.

The next day, she said, the two hunted down Lewis where Neal allegedly shot the victim, including a final shot to the head at close range.

Only one defense lawyer, Jerome Kaharick, who represents Harvey, told the jury that the prosecution's evidence is filled with speculation and fantasy. He said he’ll prove they have no evidence against Harvey.

Lawyers for Neal deferred making an opening statement until after the prosecution's case is rested.

The jury of seven women and five men were taken by bus to view the murder scene late this morning.

See Thursday’s Tribune-Democrat for additional information.

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