Trial Ordered for 3 in Duquesne Shooting

Wednesday, October 4th 2006, 12:22 pm
By: News On 6

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Two men accused of shooting five Duquesne University basketball players outside a school dance were ordered Wednesday to stand trial.

William Holmes, 18, of Penn Hills, and Derek Lee, 18, of Pittsburgh, face five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and one count of carrying a firearm without a license in the Sept. 17 shootings. Neither is a Duquesne student.

A woman who allegedly encouraged the men, Erica R. Sager, 18, of Wilkinsburg, also was ordered Wednesday to stand trial.

Several players have told The Associated Press that one of the shooters was unhappy that a woman he accompanied to the dance had talked with a player.

The most seriously injured of the five players, Sam Ashaolu, was moved Monday from critical care into a rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital. The other four are back on campus.

Another woman accused of a role in the shootings, Brittany Jones, 19, of Penn Hills, has already been ordered to stand trial for allegedly helping six men get into the dance even though she knew some of them were armed.