Suspect in June fatal shooting headed to trial

Brandon Addeo
York Dispatch

The case against a York City resident accused of shooting a man to death in June will move toward trial.

Jamar Generette Jr., 23, will go before a York County Court of Common Pleas judge on felony charges relating to the June 6 fatal shooting of 34-year-old Keith Wallace. That decision came at a preliminary hearing in Generette's case Monday.

Jamar Generette Jr.

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Police located two shell casings and an intact bullet at the shooting scene at the intersection of Salem and South Belvidere avenues, York City Police Detective Daniel Kling testified. 

Senior deputy prosecutor Lewis Reagan of the York County District Attorney's Office played surveillance video of the incident recorded by cameras at nearby buildings. The video showed a small group of people gathered outside before a fight broke out, allegedly between Generette and Wallace.

Generette allegedly pulled out a 9 mm handgun and pistol-whipped Wallace before shooting him twice, once in his abdomen and again in his knee. Kling said EMTs transported Wallace to WellSpan York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Police presented two photo lineups to a witness. The first did not include Generette's picture, but the second did. Kling said the witness did not pick the shooter from the first lineup but picked him out of the second.

Generette's attorney, John McMahon Jr., repeatedly objected to how police identified his client as the suspect. McMahon argued that law enforcement's identification of Generette was based on hearsay and was "not sufficient" to show that his client was the shooter. 

Reagan argued that Kling had personally interacted with Generette and compared his height, weight and gait to that of the shooter pictured in the surveillance video. Law enforcement also used security video of Generette recorded at the York County Judicial Center, where he had a hearing in a different case shortly after the shooting. 

District Judge Joel Toluba ruled that the prosecution met its burden of proof and moved Generette's case to the Court of Common Pleas.

An arraignment is set for Nov. 1. 

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