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Juvenile Connected with Teen’s Death

There are new developments in a homicide that took place in the beginning of April in Wilkes-Barre.

Tyler Winstead, 14, was gunned down right in front of his home on Hill Street in the city.

At first it looked like he was the victim of a random, senseless murder.

Now we’re learning, that may not have been the case.

A boy is reportedly in custody and facing charges in connection with Winstead’s death.

The district attorney said there was a court proceeding Wednesday afternoon that had to be closed because of the defendant’s age and the nature of the charges.

The defense attorney said the court record is sealed.

“It’s just legally with the juvenile system, it’s strictly confidential given the particular facts or circumstances of a case,” said defense attorney Demetrius Fannick.

Winstead’s family did not want to speak about the latest development in the case but some neighbors did.

They identify the juvenile charged as a neighbor and friend of Tyler’s who initially told police Tyler was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting.

“I knew from the very beginning it was him. I knew from the very beginning when the little boy was running around saying it was a drive-by, it wasn’t a drive-by. I sit in my window every day, every night. I can hear you talk when you walk up the hill. I can hear a car when it’s not even speeding, so practically everybody knew,” said Annie Bryant of Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors said the investigation into Winstead’s death continues and more people may be charged.


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