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NEW CASTLE, Pa.– Three suspects are now in custody facing charges in last’s triple murder in New Castle where one of the victims included a 10-year old girl.

Anthony Cooper, 19-years old from Michigan, appeared before a Lawrence County district judge on Tuesday.   He was arrested in Detroit on several charges including three counts of criminal homicide.  The judge denied bond for Cooper.

Also on Tuesday, two other suspects in the investigation appear for a hearing where they were ordered held for trial.   Steven Procopio, 19-years old from New Wilmington, and Jody Lynn Hammer, 41, are also accused in the triple murder case. 

The charges stem from the shooting deaths of 31-year-old Lawrence Cannon, 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey and her ten-year-old daughter Amariah Emery.  Procopio faces a number of charges including three counts of criminal homicide and three counts of conspiracy.  He remains in jail without bond. 

Hammer faces charges of obstructing justice and remains in jail on $50,000 bond.  She was arrested last month at a Pulaski Township home where she lives with Procopio.

The Lawrence County Coroner declared the deaths of 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey, 10-year-old Amariah Emery, and 31-year-old Lawrence Cannon were all homicides. Officials said the woman was shot twice and the other victims were each shot once.



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