Holmesburg man to stand trial for murder

A Holmes­burg man has been ordered to stand tri­al for the Feb. 2 murder of Tor­res­dale res­id­ent Rasheed Shan­non. 

Claude Thomas, 27, of the 4700 block of Vista St., al­legedly shot Shan­non once in the face as a res­ult of an ar­gu­ment between the two men out­side of Thomas’ res­id­ence at about 1:45 p.m. Shan­non, 25, of the 4900 block of Fitler St., died on Feb. 3 at Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale Cam­pus as a res­ult of his wounds.

Po­lice did not ini­tially spe­cify what pre­cip­it­ated the quar­rel. Thomas was ar­res­ted at his home on Feb. 5. Dur­ing a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on April 2, Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Kar­en Y. Sim­mons ordered Thomas to stand tri­al for murder and weapons of­fenses. He is sched­uled for a Com­mon Pleas Court ar­raign­ment on April 23 and re­mains in pris­on without bail.

At the time of his ar­rest, Thomas was still on pro­ba­tion stem­ming from a 2012 case in which he pleaded guilty to reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, fire­arms of­fenses and res­ist­ing ar­rest. His vi­ol­a­tion of pro­ba­tion hear­ing has been post­poned in­def­in­itely. ••

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