A 20-year-old York City man will face trial for fatally shooting the ex-boyfriend of a woman he was visiting June 15, and self-defense might be argued in the homicide case.
Rahsaun Bush admitted to shooting Kanyleron Travanti McDavid, 29, of New Bern, N.C., after McDavid stormed the 417 Walnut St. bedroom where Bush was sleeping, according to the testimony of Detective First Class Jeff Spence.
Spence was the only witness called during a brief preliminary hearing during which District Judge Linda Williams forwarded Bush's homicide and gun-related charges to Common Pleas Court.
Spence testified that Bush, in a June 19 interview, said he was sleeping in a third-floor bedroom and awoke to McDavid beating him in the head. Bush said he pulled a gun from under his pillow and shot the man multiple times, Spence testified.
Public defender Bruce Blocher said after the hearing that self-defense is "obviously something that's going to be explored" by the defense.
What happened: Officers found McDavid dead in the third-floor bedroom after responding to a report of a shooting, Spence said.
He had been shot multiple times in the head and torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to charging documents, McDavid had been in a relationship for several months with the woman who lives in the home; the relationship ended the day before McDavid was killed.
Bush went to her home that evening and spent the night, documents state.
McDavid had gone to the woman's home to retrieve his cellphone about 11:30 a.m. and began banging on the woman's bedroom door, upset over Bush being in the bedroom, documents state.
The woman told investigators she took her children to the second floor of the home and once there, she heard several gunshots, documents state.
Gun charges added: Bush, who fled the scene after the shooting, was apprehended by a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Harrisburg on June 19. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of bail.
A .40-caliber handgun was recovered inside an apartment where Bush was staying with a woman, and Spence testified that the serial number on the weapon was obliterated.
The charges forwarded to court Tuesday included a new offense, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Bush also waived a preliminary hearing on separate burglary charges Tuesday.
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