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York City man faces trial in homicide of Tony Orr Jr.
A York City man is now facing trial for last month's homicide of Anthony Orr Jr., known to loved ones as "Bouk."
Orr, 36, of Lafayette Street, was shot in the head with buckshot from a shotgun as he sat in his SUV about 4:30 p.m. June 24, according to York City Police.
He died at York Hospital on Tuesday, June 26, the York County Coroner's Office has said.
At the close of a preliminary hearing Friday, July 27, District Judge Ron Haskell II determined that enough evidence exists for Gen-uine "G" Alston to stand trial in Orr's death.
Alston, 20, of the 600 block of Company Street, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with homicide.
Lamont Padgett, one of Orr's friends, was in the 100 block of Lafayette Street to drop off someone when the shooting happened.
He was one of two people to testify at Friday's hearing, and said he saw the killer flee the scene.
Shotgun in hand: Padgett said he was unable to see the shooting itself but saw a man running away about 10 seconds after the shotgun blast.
"He had a (backpack) in his right hand and a shotgun in his left," Padgett testified. "He was running westward; I was facing east."
Padgett identified Alston in the courtroom as the man running with the shotgun, saying he's sure it was Alston, despite having never met the man.
He previously picked Alston out of a York City Police photo lineup, he testified.
"I was positive it was (Alston) in the picture," he testified, and remains sure of it.
Also testifying Friday was city Detective Andy Baez, lead investigator in the homicide.
Tracked down: Baez said some of Orr's family members learned that the killer went by the nickname "G" and had a Facebook profile of "SOS Spalding."
From there, Baez used Facebook and his department's photo recognition system to identify Alston, he said.
He said he then put Alston's photo in a lineup of at least eight people for Padgett, who chose Alston's photo.
Haskell scheduled Alston's formal court arraignment for Aug. 31.
"We look forward to proving his innocence at a later date," Alston's defense attorney, Roy Galloway, said after the hearing.
Alston was arrested in the 1200 block of West King Street about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, according to police.
Motive: Police have said Orr was targeted but haven't said why. There was no testimony at Friday's hearing about a possible motive.
But local attorney Sandra Thompson has told The York Dispatch that Orr was shot because he was reaching out to people "who were involved in wrong" and trying to convince them to change their ways.
"They retaliated against him," she said prior to Orr's death. "He is involved in positivity and breaking up negativity, even to his own detriment. He's just a stand-up guy."
Thompson described Orr as a family man and a community mentor to both young men and to men recently released from prison.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.