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May 3, 2013

DA: Alleged shooter won’t face death

EBENSBURG — A Johnstown teen who police say shot and killed a man in the Moxham section of the city earlier this year will not face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Shahliek Maxwell Greene, 19, is being held without bond in the Cambria County Prison and will appear in county court for a pretrial hearing on May 24, according to court documents.

Police say Greene gunned down Joshua Scott Price, 29, inside a home in the 500 block of Cypress Avenue on Feb. 6, using a .380-caliber handgun.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said none of the 18 aggravating circumstances that qualify a crime for the death penalty were present in the Price shooting.

“I reviewed all of the elements that would allow us to seek the death penalty, and none of them apply to the facts in this case,” Callihan said following Greene’s recent arraignment in Cambria County court.

Law requires that the district attorney notify the defendant and his attorney at the time of arraignment if the death penalty will be sought at trial.

The shooting occurred during an alleged dispute between the two men over a vehicle, police said at the time of Greene’s March 25 preliminary hearing.

Greene is alleged to have shot Price at least four times, and by the time emergency medical responders arrived, the victim was without a pulse and was not breathing, police said.

Greene fled and was later located by police at a home on Von Lunen Road.

He faces a general criminal homicide charge along with two counts of aggravated assault; firearms not to be carried without a license, and possession of a firearm while prohibited.

Greene is being represented by Johnstown attorney Robert Davis Gleason. He was arraigned in front of Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki.

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