Couple to stand trial for fatal beating

A boy­friend and girl­friend have been ordered to stand tri­al for the base­ball bat beat­ing death of a Levit­town man on a Wissi­nom­ing street last Septem­ber.

Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan ruled on May 20 that Ian Pawlow­ic, 21, of Phil­adelphia, and Krista McDe­vitt, 24, of Bris­tol, will face charges of second-de­gree murder, con­spir­acy, rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses for the slay­ing of Joseph Brit­ton, 30. A tri­al date has not been set.

Po­lice found Brit­ton on Sept. 14 at about 1:19 a.m. on the 5900 block of Charles St. The vic­tim was slumped over the steer­ing wheel of a Hy­undai Ti­bur­on and un­re­spons­ive with ap­par­ent blunt-force wounds of the head. He died at the scene.

The beat­ing had oc­curred mo­ments earli­er with wit­nesses pla­cing mul­tiple 911 calls about a “scream­ing per­son” and a per­son be­ing beaten with a bat or stick. De­tect­ives ar­res­ted Pawlow­ic and McDe­vitt in con­nec­tion with the at­tack on April 18. In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that McDe­vitt is Brit­ton’s ex-girl­friend.

Both de­fend­ants re­main in cus­tody of Phil­adelphia pris­ons without bail. ••

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