PITTSBURGH -- A second man charged in a shooting that
wounded five Duquesne University basketball players turned himself
in Wednesday, police said.
William Holmes, 18, of the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, was
to be arraigned later Wednesday on charges of attempted homicide,
aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons-related
Holmes is the third person arrested in Sunday's shooting after a
dance at the private, Roman Catholic university. Two of the wounded
players remained hospitalized, with one critically injured.
The other man charged in the shooting, Brandon Baynes was arraigned on five counts of criminal attempt at homicide on Tuesday. Prosecutors also filed charges of aggravated
assault, criminal conspiracy and weapons counts against Baynes, 19, who was still in custody after being arrested Tuesday.
Holmes and Baynes are not Duquesne students.
Attorney Giuseppe G.C. Rosselli, whose firm represents Holmes,
said the shooting was "just a bad situation every way around."
"When it's all said and done, our client will be found not
guilty," he said.
The team was encouraged that junior forward Sam Ashaolu, the
most severely injured player, appeared to be gaining strength.
Ashaolu, 23, remained in critical condition with one bullet and
fragments of another in his head. He has squeezed teammates' hands
during their frequent hospital visits, and he seemed to respond to
their words of encouragement.
Stuard Baldonado, a junior forward shot in the back and left
arm, had a bullet removed from a patch of muscle in his back. He
could be released within days.
Brittany Jones, accused of helping get some young men with guns
into the party, was arrested Monday on charges of reckless
endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal
conspiracy. She was arraigned and posted $2,000 bond Tuesday morning, leaving the
Allegheny County Jail out of the view of TV cameras.
On Wednesday, Duquesne announced she had been suspended
for multiple violations of the student code.
According to the criminal complaint against Baynes, a witness at
the dance reported hearing an argument and saw two men firing guns
at the victims. Using driver's license photos, the witness
identified one man as Baynes.
Baynes did not speak during the brief court hearing Tuesday. His father
said the teen was not guilty.
"My son never fired a gun in his life," A.J. Baynes said.
Sumner Parker, an attorney representing Baynes, denied his
client was the gunman but said Baynes had identified the shooter in
a statement to police. Parker said Baynes had gone to the dance
with three friends, none of them part of the group believed to be
involved in the shooting.
According to the criminal complaint, Jones -- who is active with
the Black Student Union, which sponsored the dance -- got a call
from a man asking whether he and his brother could attend. They
arrived with four others, including Baynes and Holmes, about
midnight, according to police.
While walking to the party, Jones told police, she became aware
that several of the men had guns, authorities said.
They asked Jones if they were going to be "patted down" before
entering, officials said. The doorman reportedly told Jones
partygoers weren't being searched, and the men went into the dance,
It wasn't immediately clear whether Baynes and Holmes were part
of the group. Police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki did not take questions
at a news conference announcing the charges against the men.
In interviews Monday with The Associated Press, several players
said the shooter was a non-student unhappy that the woman he
accompanied to the dance had talked with a player.
According to the Tribune-Review, one of the men was her boyfriend, but ESPN was told by police that is not the case.
Investigators said that at the dance Jones hugged and flirted with several members of the basketball team, angering one of her male friends. The two argued, and the basketball players left the dance.
A short time later outside Vickroy Hall dormitory, the man with whom Jones had argued and another man allegedly pulled guns and fired approximately 12 shots at the players, police said.
Jones' attorney, James Ecker, would not confirm Tuesday whether
she was cooperating with authorities and would not comment on
reports that authorities may drop charges if she provides
information to the police. Investigators told the Tribune-Review that they will speak with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office about dropping the charges against Jones if she continues to cooperate.
"I can say she's spent a lot of time with police in the last
couple of days, Sunday and Monday," Ecker told the AP. "Until this case goes to a hearing or trial, she's presumed innocent," he said.
Jones, whose mother is a volunteer campus drug and alcohol counselor, decided to cooperate with officials only after she was charged, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Police tried to arrest Jones at one of her classes Monday morning, but she had already left. They returned in the afternoon, but she did not attend her scheduled class. After receiving a tip, police tracked her down and arrested her at an undisclosed location.
Two other men are in police custody, but are thought to be witnesses to the shooting, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.
University president Charles Dougherty said he was grateful to
police for the "swift arrest of the individual who may have been
the shooter in the vicious attacks on Duquesne University students
last Sunday morning."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.