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Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

The case against a Spring Garden Township man accused in a home invasion robbery that led to a woman's shooting death last year has been postponed until this summer.

Six people are charged in connection with the death of Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, 41 — two are facing  trial on murder charges in late June, while several of the others are scheduled for court after the murder proceedings conclude.

In the latest hearing March 2, Oscar Cook’s case was rescheduled for July 11.

The 20-year-old Spring Garden Township man is charged with felony counts of robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit both.

Oscar David Cook

The counts stem from an incident where a group of people allegedly barged into the home of Oscar Fink in the 300 block of Smyser Street on May 3, 2021, as part of an apparent dispute over marijuana.

During that incident, one of the suspects, Ryan Strada, allegedly fought with Fink while accusing him of stealing marijuana. At the same time, police said Strada’s brother, Nicholas Strada, was armed with a gun when he encountered another person in the home, Whispering Wind Bear Spirit. The gun fired, the woman was shot, and she later died from the injury.

Both Strada brothers are charged with counts of second-degree murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy. They’re scheduled to stand trial beginning June 27.

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Ryan Strada and Nicholas Strada face homicide charges in the shooting death of a 41-year-old woman in York City.

Several of the other four suspects, including Cook,  have had their cases pushed back until after the murder trial.

Michael Stewart, 23, of Harrisburg, is set to appear in court again July 19; and Jaden Landis, 18, of Dover is schedu for Aug. 18. The fourth suspect, Phillip Sullivan, 19, of York Haven, remains scheduled to appear June 24, a few days before the murder trial.

Cook’s attorney, Ron Gross, noted at last week's hearing that work is also still underway to schedule him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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— Aimee Ambrose can be reached at aambrose@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.