WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - Four western Pennsylvania men have been formally arraigned in the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl during what authorities say was an abortive attempt to rob her mother's boyfriend.
The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reports that 20-year-old Malik Thomas, 28-year-old Anthian Goehring, and 18-year-old Richard White were arraigned in Washington County Courthouse. Eighteen-year-old Douglas Cochran Jr. was arraigned via video conference from Allegheny County jail, where he is being held.
All are charged with criminal homicide, robbery, theft and burglary in the March 31 death of Ta'Niyah Thomas.
Goehring also faces firearms and reckless endangerment counts.
Authorities allege that Goehring and Cochran fired shots through the apartment door, hitting the girl as she ran to her mother's bedroom. Prosecutors said they aren't seeking the death penalty in the case.