Murder trial starts for York City man who shot ex's brother
The defense attorney for accused murderer Timothy Tireik Pough told jurors on Monday that he agrees with nearly everything prosecutors say about the homicide of Elijah Shuler — except that his client intended to shoot the victim.
Pough, known as "Reeko" or "Reek," gunned down Shuler about 7 p.m. July 4, 2018, chief deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy told jurors in York County Court on Monday, Sept. 9, during opening statements in Pough's first-degree murder trial.
Pough, 21, of York City, was a passenger in an SUV and fired at his ex-girlfriend's car as he was driven through an alley behind the 900 block of West Poplar Street, according to York City Police. Shuler had just pulled into a small lot to the rear of the home where he and his sister lived, and he was in the driver seat, police said.
Pough's ex-girlfriend is Shuler's sister, according to Murphy.
The wounded Shuler was able to run inside his home, where he collapsed in the arms of his girlfriend and said "Reek," Murphy told jurors.
According to Murphy, Pough spotted his ex-girlfriend, Tyeesha Coleman, in her car two days before the homicide and approached her while holding a gun.
"Her daughter's in the back seat," Murphy said, and Pough told Coleman he was going to "get her when she's alone." That's because Coleman had broken up with Pough, according to Murphy.
Intent at issue: Defense attorney Bill Graff said all of that is true — Pough threatened Coleman two days before her brother was fatally shot, and Pough shot at Coleman's car on July 4, 2018.
But Pough didn't realize anyone was in Coleman's car when he fired into it, Graff told the jury.
"And that's not murder ... it's manslaughter," Graff said. "You're going to find him guilty of something. ... I just ask that it's not murder in the first degree."
The prosecution maintains Pough thought Coleman was sitting in the driver seat, and that he meant to kill her.
Murphy explained to jurors that under the legal theory of transferred intent, they can find Pough guilty of murdering Shuler even if they determine he meant to kill Coleman.
Shuler, 22, died of a gunshot wound to the torso, according to Murphy, who said Pough fired four times into the car.
Pough fled the state after the homicide, police said.
He was captured in Avon Park, Florida, on Oct. 30, 2018, by sheriff's deputies there. That's about 85 miles southeast of Tampa.
The trial is expected to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, with witness testimony. Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner is presiding.
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