Third man charged in death of man found near I-83
A third person has been charged in connection with the murder of a York City man whose body was dropped off near Interstate 83 in August, according to charging documents filed earlier this week.
Terrence Lavelle Wintermyers, 32, of no fixed address, is charged with third-degree murder, robbery and prohibited possession of a firearm, among other charges.
State police allege that on Aug. 11, Wintermyers dropped off Shannon Lamar Martin, 36, near the home of Kevin "Blocks" Brightful, 27, where Martin engaged in a physical altercation with Luis Felix Quinones, 28, and was fatally shot by Brightful.
Brightful and Quinones are accused of dumping Martin's body in a remote area of Springfield Township near I-83, documents state.
Martin's body was found the morning of Aug. 12 in a wooded area near Seaks Run Road.
Wintermyers allegedly told police he had taken Martin to Brightful's home with the intention of robbing Brightful, who he said had a large amount of marijuana, police said.
Brightful was charged in August with homicide, however, court documents indicate that that charge was changed in November, and Brightful is now charged with first-degree murder instead. Quinones was charged with abuse of a corpse, among other charges, according to police.
Allegations: According to charging documents, Wintermyers was with Martin the night before his death. In an initial interview with police, Wintermyers told them he had driven Martin to the area of Queen Street and Harding Court, documents allege. He told police Martin had a handgun with him and concealed it in a black backpack, police said.
The two planned to reunite 30 minutes later in front of Wintermyers' mother's home, about a block away from where Martin was killed, documents state.
In a second interview, Wintermyers admitted to police that he dropped off Martin with the intention of robbing Brightful, according to court documents.
Wintermyers had allegedly known that Brightful would have a lot of money and marijuana before the attempted robbery, police said.
Brightful told police that he shot Martin when Martin entered Brightful's home at 34 E. Cottage Place, clad in dark clothing and with a T-shirt concealing his face, according to police.
Martin had a handgun and was in an altercation with Quinones, documents state. Police say Martin had fired a single round before being fatally shot by Brightful.
Police say Brightful admitted that he and Quinones had dropped Martin's body near I-83.
Suspicion: When Martin went missing, police say his family thought it was uncharacteristic of him, but they were not overly concerned. When they were trying to contact Martin, they called Wintermyers, who when reached had become "excessively and prematurely" concerned about Martin's whereabouts, documents state.
Police say Wintermyers called local hospitals and corrections facilities searching for him.
While around Martin's family, Wintermyers pulled up a news story on his phone about the body, immediately dialed the state police barracks in Loganville and connected an investigator with Martin's sister, documents state. The investigator confirmed to her that the body was Martin's.
His sister told police that Wintermyers' suggestion of the body potentially being Martin's seemed "suspicious and untimely," police said.
Wintermyers was arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning, and he was remanded to York County Prison without bail. It is unclear if Wintermyers has an attorney.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 8, at District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's office, according to online court records.
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