Man charged in eastern Pa. social club shooting now accused of trying to have witnesses killed

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)




EASTON, Pennsylvania — A man already charged in a shootout at an eastern Pennsylvania social club that killed a woman and injured five other people is now accused of having tried to hire an inmate to kill witnesses in the case.

Thirty-four-year-old Rene Figueroa of Allentown is charged in Northampton County in the December 2012 slaying of 23-year-old Yolanda Morales outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in Bethlehem.

Prosecutors now allege that while in custody in April 2013, Figueroa offered to put up bail money for a county jail inmate and pay him $50,000 to kill two witnesses in the case. Figueroa was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal solicitation and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

Thirty-nine-year-old Javier Rivera-Alvarado is also charged in the shooting. Prosecutors allege that Figueroa fired the fatal shot.

All content copyright ©2014 Daily Reporter, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.
Daily Reporter • 22 W. New Road • Greenfield, IN 46140 • (317) 462-5528