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Charges upheld against 1 of 3 charged in slayings of 4

June 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has upheld murder charges against one of the men accused of having killed four people in a west Philadelphia basement over a drug stash.

The ruling came Tuesday in the case of Keith Garner. Also charged with homicide in the case are Jahlil Porter and Robert Long, who waived their preliminary hearings. A fourth man originally charged in the slayings now faces only drug and conspiracy counts.

Authorities say two stepbrothers, 31-year-old William Taylor and 28-year-old Akeem Mattox, found the drugs while renovating homes. They say an attempt to sell the drugs in November 2018 led to their deaths and those of two sisters, 20-year-old Tiyaniah Hopkins and 17-year-old Yaleah Hall.

Garner’s attorney, Coley Reynolds, tried to poke holes in the testimony of witnesses during the hearing.