Johnstown Man Enters Not Guilty Plea In Murder

By Danielle Krout

Published 04/30 2014 04:55PM

Updated 04/30 2014 05:04PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Earl Mitchell Jr. entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday at his preliminary hearing for the murder of Jareek Adams.

Mitchell came to his hearing in police custody in double handcuffs.  The 20 year old is being represented by the public defenders office.

The district attorney’s office called several witnesses to the stand including the victim’s uncle, Jonathon Moore.  Moore was allegedly shot multiple times back in January by Mitchell.  He testified he was walking with Adams and another man they thought they saw a girl they knew and when they went to say ‘hi” Moore testified Mitchell opened fire.  Moore was shot in the head, neck and leg, Adams was killed.  He told the judge they were walking to his sister’s house and was at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Moore said his nephew shook hands with Mitchell before the shooting but he never saw him before that night.  Mitchell allegedly took off after the shooting and was arrested after a manhunt in the Washington D.C. suburbs.

“This man’s life was taken for no good reason,” said District Attorney Kelly Callihan.  “There really is no real motive for why it happened.”

Mitchell will head to trial later this year; he will remain in the Cambria County Jail.

Prosecutors added a charged of attempted criminal homicide against Mitchell. 

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