Man arraigned in deadly shooting

Published Jan 8, 2013 at 10:54 am (Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 10:54 am)

An Upper St. Clair man was formally arraigned on Jan. 4 on homicide charges for killing a Washington man in a grocery store parking lot in October.

Brandon D. Thomas, 30, is accused of shooting and killing Vaughn Simonelli Oct. 18 outside the Shop ’n Save supermarket at Beau Street and Jefferson Avenue in Washington after the two men had some type of confrontation while driving in separate vehicles to the store.

Thomas was formally arraigned on the homicide charge before Washington County Judge Katherine B. Emery. First Assistant District Attorney Michael Lucas said the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty against Thomas.

Thomas is being held in the county jail without bond. However, Emery is considering a request by Thomas’ attorney to set bond so he could be released to await trial. The defense claims Thomas acted in self-defense.

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