Key witness in New Ken cop killer's trial transferred due to safety concerns

Rahmael Holt on Thursday was sentenced to death for the murder of New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw. Shaw's brother, Steffan, didn't want to go on camera, but read a statement after the sentencing verdict. “This doesn’t bring Brian back but it gives us some closure and to focus on nothing but healing," he said. https://bit.ly/2rGj3a4 Subscribe to WPXI: https://on.wpxi.com/YouTube Connect with WPXI online: https://www.wpxi.com/ Download our FREE apps: https://wpxiapps.com/

PITTSBURGH — The man authorities said was driving the SUV that Rahmael Holt jumped out of before killing New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw has been transferred to a different prison, according to our news partners at the Trib.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazar said Tavon Harper was transferred from the Westmoreland County Jail to Washington County "for his protection."

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Harper testified in Holt's trial on Nov. 5., placing him in the SUV and saying he saw Holt carrying a .40 caliber handgun on the day of the shooting in 2017.

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The Trib reports Harper is scheduled for trial on charges of fleeing police and possessing drugs early next month.

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