Two more charged in Duquesne shooting case

Compiled from Times wires
Published September 29, 2006

PITTSBURGH - Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against one of two men accused of shooting five Duquesne University basketball players but filed charges against two additional suspects.

All charges were dropped against Brandon Baynes, 18, of Penn Hills in the Sept. 17 shooting after an on-campus dance party.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said the charges were dropped after a witness recanted her story.

Zappala also announced charges against two other people: Derek Lee, of Pittsburgh and Erica R. Sager, of Wilkinsburg.

Lee, 18, is accused of shooting at the players. He is charged with five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Sager is accused of urging Lee and another teen, William Holmes, to "shoot victims during a verbal dispute that she probably initiated," Zappala said. She was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and criminal solicitation.

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