Tyler Owens homicide: 1 defendant on trial, 2nd pleaded guilty, 3rd expected to plead
One of three men initially accused in the 2018 robbery and shooting death of Tyler Owens has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and is facing prison time but had nothing to do with the homicide or the robbery, his defense attorney said.
Zane Senft, 24, of Lebanon, thought he was just going to buy some marijuana, attorney Farley Holt said, and was at an ATM machine taking out cash for the deal when he heard the gunfire that killed Owens, 24, of West Princess Street, on Oct. 7, 2018.
It happened in the 100 block of South Richland Avenue, York City Police have said.
Co-defendant Rahmeire Bradshaw, 22, of Baltimore, had his homicide charge dropped more than nine months ago and remains charged with robbery and conspiracy, court records state.
Bradshaw is scheduled to plead guilty Monday, according to court records. His defense attorney, Mike Fenton, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The final co-defendant, Myannh "Milo" Legette, 23, formerly of Lebanon, is on trial this week for Owens' death, charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery and criminal conspiracy. He is being represented by attorney Korey Leslie.
York City Police said the homicide was the result of a drug deal gone bad.
Guilty plea: Senft pleaded guilty to being in in illegal possession of a firearm and hindering the apprehension of a suspect, court records state. Senft, who previously lived in Glenville, has twice pleaded guilty in York County to the first-degree misdemeanor of carrying a firearm without a license, according to court records.
He initially was charged with Owens' homicide because he was the only defendant who was tested for gunshot residue, and his car was seen in security video of the area where Owens was fatally shot, according to Holt.
"He didn't do it," Holt said, adding the security video "showed he was actually at the ATM to pull out the money to buy the weed" when Owens was shot.
Holt said prosecutors dropped the homicide charge because evidence supported Senft's version of events.
After the homicide, Senft borrowed a car from a family member and drove to Baltimore, where he and his co-defendants allegedly got rid of the gun, according to Holt.
Senft made open guilty pleas, meaning there was no negotiated agreement with prosecutors. It also means presiding York County Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness will have to determine Senft's punishment.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 5, court records state. Standard sentencing guidelines call for a minimum of three years in state prison, according to Holt, and Senft has been locked up for about 13 months.
Won't testify: Had Senft agreed to testify against Legette at trial, he likely would have gotten a sentencing deal on his charges, his attorney said. Asked why Senft refused to take the stand against Legette, Holt said he doesn't know.
"Scared? Some stupid form of allegiance? I don't know," the attorney said. "He won't tell me."
Holt said it's Legette who indicated in a previous criminal investigation that he likes "licking" people.
"'Licking' people means robbing them," Holt explained, adding that was Legette's term for it.
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