Prosecutor counters defense bid for dismissal of charges in western Pa. teen's shooting death

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UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania prosecutor is arguing that there is sufficient evidence for a former Philadelphia man to be convicted in the shooting death of a teenager last fall.

Twenty-year-old Hasani Simpkins is charged in Fayette County with criminal homicide and other counts in the Nov. 21 death of 17-year-old Darrell Ross in Uniontown.

Prosecutors say Simpkins told authorities that he was playing with a .22-caliber revolver when the victim was shot. He had been living in the house for several months.

Defense attorney Wendy Williams is seeking dismissal of the charge, arguing that the shooting was accidental, and also wants her client's statements to police tossed out.

Police say Simpkins refused to sign a form waiving his rights but did so verbally and gave the statements voluntarily.

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