Man accused of Edinboro shootings enrolled at Clarion

Clarion, Pa.- A former Franklin county man, charged with the shootings of two Edinboro students, has enrolled in Clarion University.

Common Court Pleas of Erie County issued a modification of bail for Devin Stevenson, 21, on Sept. 8, permitting him to reside at 124 W. Main Street, Clarion, as long as he remains enrolled at Clarion University.

Stevenson is charged with the attempted criminal homicides of two males, Andrew Baker, 19, and O’Shae Imes, 24, amid a suspected drug deal on March 20 near Baker’s off-campus 100 block Meadville Street apartment in Edinboro.

Both individuals were listed in critical condition when transported to the UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after the shooting, one by ambulance and the other by helicopter, court documents report.  Stevenson said that he shot the two men in self-defense, stating that the two students had tried to rob him. Stevenson was found in possession of almost $2,000 worth of marijuana, upon arrival at the scene. No information on the current condition of the victims is available at this time.

In July, Judge John Garhet, the preceding judge over Stevenson’s case, set bail at $150,000 and permitted Stevenson to reside with his mother in Venus, Pa. Judge Garhet also banned Stevenson from Edinboro campus by virtue of his suspension from the university, of which he was in his second year. After making bail, Stevenson was not permitted to carry or possess any firearms, cannot consume any drugs or alcoholic beverages and is subject to random drug tests.

Stevenson’s formal charges include criminal attempt-criminal homicide felony one, aggravated assault felony one, simple assault misdemeanor two, recklessly endangering another person misdemeanor two, possession of a weapon misdemeanor one, firearms not to be carried without a license felony three, manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver felony, intentional possession of contraband substance by a person not registered misdemeanor and use or possession of drug paraphernalia misdemeanor.

David Love, director of Marketing and Communication, reported that as soon as a decision is made regarding how to handle Stevenson’s enrollment, “We will be communicating with our students, staff and their families.” Love added, “As of right now, there are a variety of courses of action that we can take, but we need to further discuss how to handle his placement at the university. More information will be made available to the public in a matter of a few days.”

Stevenson’s trial is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas.

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