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2 seek dismissal of charges in NE Pa. slaying

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Two men are seeking dismissal of charges in the shooting death of a northeastern Pennsylvania college student after a night of partying last spring.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Harding and 22-year-old Marlon Clotter are charged in Lackawanna County in the May 5 death of 22-year-old Lackawanna College student Rahsan Crowder.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that defense attorneys argue that no evidence supports the idea that the defendants intended to kill, so charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy are unwarranted.

They also want their clients' statements to police barred as evidence, saying neither fully understood their rights.

Clotter's attorneys want any trial moved to another county. Harding's attorneys asked that jurors be chosen from nearby Monroe or Pike counties.

Prosecutors say they can prove intent and conspiracy in the case.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,



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