4th teen charged with murder in alleged drug-related slaying

April 20, 2020 GMT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A fourth teenager is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of another teen that Pennsylvania authorities allege happened when the suspects tried to steal marijuana from the victim.

The (Altoona) Mirror reports that the 16-year-old Altoona youth was taken into custody Sunday and charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy and related counts. Three other teens, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, were charged earlier.

Authorities allege that the four lured 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching to an Altoona alley on Feb. 25 under the pretense of buying a small bag of marijuana but intended to rob him. Authorities allege that one pointed a gun at him, pistol-whipped him and shot him in the head, after which all four fled. Three were arrested that night.


Authorities allege that the teen charged Sunday supplied one of the other 16-year-olds with a stolen handgun used in the slaying.