Man charged in shooting death
Kelvin McDonald denied bond in death of Samuel Grady
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 AM
A 22-year-old Philadelphia man will remain in the county jail without bond after being charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of another man Thursday night at an apartment complex off west Main Street.
Bond was denied Monday afternoon for Kelvin McDonald, 22, of 379 Loper St., in connection with the death of the man in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Apartments off Pearl Avenue behind Burger King.
Samuel Grady, 28, of 10520 Road 747, died in the county hospital after being shot one time in the right torso at about 8:50 p.m.
He was taken by private vehicle to the hospital where he was pronounced dead about 10 p.m.
Handcuffed and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, McDonald had an initial appearance before Judge Steve Cumberland Monday in municipal court.
McDonald became visibly upset when the judge told him that he faced a manslaughter charge in connection with Grady's death.
When asked if he needed a court appointed attorney, McDonald said he planned to hire his own.
McDonald was also charged with shooting into a dwelling. Cumberland set the bond on the shooting into a dwelling charge at $10,000.
McDonald refused to sign his initial appearance papers, telling the court that "that man shot at me first. Tell me this is not true. No way."
Three police officers approached the bench to try and calm him down.
"Man that hurts. Man that hurts," McDonald said, with tears from his eyes dripping onto the judge's bench.
He repeated again: "That man shot at me first."
Judge Cumberland said a date for his preliminary hearing would be set after McDonald hires an attorney.
A grand jury had returned two separate indictments on the dead man in August of 2012 on charges of sale of cocaine.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Kilgore said the cases were on the docket for this term of court.
Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said that Thursday's shooting remains under investigation.
He would not release any other details in regards to the shooting, which was the 13th in Philadelphia since the summer.
The most recent before Thursday occurred when a bullet went through a window and landed in an occupied Head Start classroom.
Wilshaun McAfee, 31, of 222 Martin Luther King Dr., was arrested the next day after one of the six bullets he allegedly fired during an assault on another man landed in a classroom at the Exhibit Hall Head Start Center on Carver Avenue, the authorities said.
No one was injured when the bullet shattered a window, passed through a classroom and made contact near a garbage can.
McAfee is charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling, said Philadelphia Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer.
McAfee had been charged with six felonies over the last decade, including armed robbery, escape, sale of a controlled substance, possession of crack cocaine along with two separate charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sale.
The shooting at the Head Start center was the second in as many weeks in west Philadelphia.
The Democrat learned of an Oct. 5 late-night shootout and near riot in west Philadelphia through a public records request for 911 calls. A window in a parked police car was broken out in that incident. No arrests were made.