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Teen Murder Case Moves Closer To Trial
A Norristown teenager accused of killing a 16-year-old girl in July near her home has been ordered to stand trial. At a preliminary hearing held Thursday, a judge ruled that prosecutors have enough evidence to try 18-year-old Brandon Pierce (pictured here) of Arch Street. He is charged with first and third degree murder in the death of Dominique Devlin. She was shot several times in the back yard of a DeKalb Street home. She ran less than a block from there to Green and East Basin Streets, where she collapsed. Police recovered evidence after the shooting including a Villanova baseball cap, a t-shirt, a pair of pants and a Mauser semi-automatic handgun. DNA tests on samples taken from the cap, shirt, pants and gun grips matched Pierce’s DNA. Witnesses saw him shortly before the shooting wearing a Villanova baseball cap, and his fingerprints were found on a car near the crime scene. Authorities say Pierce was Devlin’s former boyfriend, and he allegedly killed her because he thought she had set him up for a home-invasion robbery about two weeks before the murder.