June 2, 2010– Commonwealth v. Philip Hummel and Jahmel Kelly: A jury convicted 20 year old Philip Hummel and 24 year old Jahmel Kelly of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and other related charges for the 2008 shooting of Aquil Evans. Evans, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, was shot three times at close range while sitting with his girlfriend on the front porch of his grandmother’s house. Both defendants were convicted in absentia. Philip Hummel has been wanted by police since cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet in March 2010, and Jahmel Kelly has been wanted since October 2009. Hummel and Kelly will be sentenced in absentia on June 30, 2010 in courtroom 1008 at the CJC. ADA Lynne O’Brien is in charge of this case. Community members of the 12th District are encouraged to attend to give impact statements about the violence.
June 3, 2010– Commonwealth v. Christopher Flenoury: Christopher Flenoury was convicted by a jury of First Degree Murder for the death of 29 year old Keyon Harvey in 2006. The defendant originally pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter but later withdrew the plea. Flenoury was sentenced to life in prison. ADA Leon Goodman successfully prosecuted this case.
June 4, 2010– Commonwealth v. John Safarowicz: Former Police Sergeant John Safarowicz was convicted of Official Oppression, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief. Safarowicz was charged with punching, threatening and throwing a tool box through the front window of man he thought had beaten up Safarowicz’s brother in law. Safarowicz will be sentenced on July 16, 2010 in courtroom 1004 at the CJC. ADA Meriah Russell successfully prosecuted this case.
June 7, 2010—Commonwealth Andre Butler: 18 year old Andre Butler pleaded guilty to Third Degree Murder for the 2008 death of Philadelphia Police Officer Isabel Nazario. Officer Nazario was killed when Butler crashed a stolen SUV into the victim’s police cruiser. Butler was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. ADA John Doyle successful prosecuted this case.