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Default 2 WM's, 32 & 19 tortured, found in Somerset, PA woods 2017 by 2 negros; drug related


Third man arraigned in Somerset County double homicide case
Feb 1, 2019

A third murder suspect has been arraigned on homicide charges before District Judge Bill Seger of Windber.

Devon Wyrick, 24, was extradited from Ohio Thursday afternoon for an arraignment.

Wyrick is one of three men accused of being connected to the deaths of James Smith and Damian Staniszewski in March 2017.

The two men were allegedly tortured in Johnstown and then killed in a wooded area along Ligonier Pike in Conemaugh Township.

Their remains were found the following September.

Wyrick, of Columbus, Ohio, and Samson Washington, 26, of Johnstown, have been charged with criminal homicide in the case.


Three men charged in Somerset double murder
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 06:48 PM EST

Somerset, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police announced on Thursday that three men have been charged in relation to the murders of James Smith and Damian Staniszewski.

“The disappearance and subsequent homicides of Mr. James Smith and Mr. Damian Staniszewki has been a complex, incredibly detailed investigation spanning nearly two years," State Trooper Cliff Greenfield said.

Two of the three men arrested are from Ohio.

Devon Wyrick and Samson Washington, both from Columbus, face multiple charges, including two counts of criminal homicide.

Police also charged Joshua Bergmann, of Cresson Cambria County, with multiple charges, including aggravated assault and kidnapping.


State police in Somerset allege that $17,000 and “a large amount “ of narcotics stolen from a suspected Johnstown drug dealer led to a plot to kill two men whose bodies a hunter discovered more than a year ago in rural Somerset County.

State troopers charged Samson Washington, 26, and Devon Wyrick, 24, both of Columbus, Ohio, with homicide, kidnapping, and multiple related charges. Joshua Bergmann, 39, of Cresson, is charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in connection with the deaths of Damian Staniszewski, 19, of Duncansville, Blair County, and James Smith, 32, of Portage, Cambria County, according court documents .

Authorities held a news conference in Somerset on Thursday.

A hunter on Sept. 29, 2017, found the remains of Staniszewski and Smith in a wooded area around Ligonier Pike in Conemaugh Township in rural Somerset County. An autopsy found that both men had been shot in the head and suffered blunt force trauma, court records state.

According to criminal complaints filed this week by Trooper Scott Kemerer, authorities believe Staniszewski and Smith burglarized a Johnstown “stash house” allegedly run by Washington where he kept money and narcotics. Kemerer said investigators used multiple informants during the investigation.

The complaint alleges Washington suspected Staniszewski and Smith of the theft and later told acquaintances “he was robbed of $17,000 cash, his drugs and eventually had to kill (Staniszewski and Smith).”
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