Third man arraigned in Somerset County double homicide case

February 2, 2019 GMT

A third murder suspect has been arraigned on homicide charges before District Judge Bill Seger of Windber.

Devon Wyrick, 24, was extradited from Ohio Thursday afternoon for an arraignment.

Wyrick is one of three men accused of being connected to the deaths of James Smith and Damian Staniszewski in March 2017.

The two men were allegedly tortured in Johnstown and then killed in a wooded area along Ligonier Pike in Conemaugh Township.

Their remains were found the following September.

Wyrick, of Columbus, Ohio, and Samson Washington, 26, of Johnstown, have been charged with criminal homicide in the case.


Homicide is a nonbondable offense in Pennsylvania. Washington is in the Somerset County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 22 before Seger.

Joshua Bergmann, 39, of Cresson, who is charged with related offenses in the case, but not homicide, is awaiting formal arraignment in the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 19.

He is free on an unsecured $250,000 bond.