Suspect in slaying is apprehended


A man wanted in con­nec­tion to the New Year’s Day death of a Frank­ford man is now in cus­tody.

Chris­toph­er John­son, 30, was ar­res­ted Feb. 7, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. He had been wanted in con­nec­tion with the fatal shoot­ing of 47-year-old Ger­ard “Ir­ish” Mark­ert. Po­lice also are seek­ing an­oth­er man.

Mark­ert was shot sev­er­al times in the back and neck at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 on the 4100 block of Orch­ard St., where he lived, po­lice said. He died while be­ing taken to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, po­lice said.

Mark­ert’s death is con­nec­ted to an auto ac­ci­dent that had oc­curred at Wom­rath Street and Frank­ford Av­en­ue shortly be­fore the shoot­ing, po­lice said.

On the morn­ing Mark­ert died, a second-cous­in was in­volved in a traffic ac­ci­dent, said the vic­tim’s sis­ter, Eileen Horn. She said she learned that the oc­cu­pants of the oth­er car told the re­l­at­ive they wanted $1,000 when the cous­in tried to ex­change in­form­a­tion after the ac­ci­dent.

She said the re­l­at­ive drove away, but the oth­er men fol­lowed him to the 4100 block of Orch­ard St. and tried to pull him out of his car. Mark­ert, who lived on that block, saw that and raced to his re­l­at­ive’s aid. Horn said punches were thrown, but the fight broke up.

She said the oth­er men drove around the neigh­bor­hood and then spot­ted Mark­ert on an­oth­er re­l­at­ive’s front step. One of them ran up to him, shot him three times and then shot him again after he fell, she said. ••


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