Pittsburgh man to stand trial in killing of McKees Rocks teen

A West End man was ordered Friday to stand trial in the shooting death of a McKees Rocks teen.

William Hoston

William Hoston, 19, appeared for a preliminary hearing in City Court in Downtown Pittsburgh before District Judge Thomas Miller, who ordered him held for court on a homicide charge in the slaying of 17-year-old Jihad Cromer.

Jihad, a basketball player for Sto-Rox High School, was shot Feb. 21 at a house on Robb Street in McKees Rocks. Police said Mr. Hoston went to the house to smoke marijuana and play video games that evening while Mr. Cromer was there. Mr. Hoston told investigators he began dissembling a gun, and it accidentally went off. The bullet struck Mr. Cromer in the head. Mr. Hoston dropped the gun and went to his grandparents’ home, police said.

Mr. Hoston later contacted Mr. Cromer’s mother and said “that she could have everything he had but he knew it could not change the outcome of what occurred,” police said. He was arrested two days later.

Mr. Hoston had been out on bond in two separate criminal cases when he was arrested in Jihad’s killing. In January, an Allegheny County prosecutor tried to have his bond revoked, arguing to the court that she believed he was a danger to the community. At the time, Mr. Hoston was facing armed robbery charges. Police had arrested him in that case while he was already out on bond in a separate burglary case.

Mr. Hoston is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail.

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