2 Charged In U Gwynedd Shootout Heading To Trial
Two men accused of taking part in an Upper Gwynedd home-invasion that led to a shootout have been ordered to stand trial in Montgomery County Court. 23-year-old Niochie Lawson and 20-year-old Jakal Stone of Maryland are charged with kidnapping, robbery and other offenses. The incident happened Wednesday night, June 9, at a home on Hancock Road near North Wales Road. Police say at least three men, who had been hiding in an outdoor shed, ambushed 31-year-old Jermaine Edwards in his driveway as he arrived home with two daughters, ages nine and eleven, and forced them into the house at gunpoint. Court documents say his wife, Jolene Edwards, called him while he was driving home to say the security alarm in the shed had gone off. He told her to get his Glock nine millimeter handgun, which he slipped from her pocket inside the house. When she went upstairs to put the girls to bed a gunfight broke out between her husband and the intruders, leaving one robber dead and two robbers and Edwards wounded. After an investigation, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said Edwards was legally justified in using deadly force to protect himself and his family.