WILKES-BARRE — A shackled Lamar Curry-Davis sat quietly in district court Tuesday morning while his attorney, Joseph F. Saporito Jr., was requesting a bail modification on charges he robbed another man on Park Avenue.
In the middle of Saporito’s argument, authorities walked up from behind and blindsided Curry-Davis, 19, with a criminal homicide charge in the fatal shooting of Eduardo Madera, 46, inside 320 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, on Nov. 6.
Madera was found dead in the kitchen of the house by a woman. An autopsy showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the motive appears Curry-Davis entered the house looking for heroin and encountered Madera and shot him multiple times.
Curry-Davis, known as “Cannon,” of Cleveland, Ohio, was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on the homicide charge as well as burglary and a weapons violation. He was remanded to the county correctional facility without bail on the homicide and $100,000 on the unrelated robbery case.
Investigators allegedly received information about the deadly shooting from Nasim Hickson, 19, of Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 7.
According to criminal complaints:
Hickson was arrested by city police Dec. 7. after he allegedly fired a modified .22 caliber rifle at officers investigating a disturbance in the area of Park Avenue and South Hancock and Lehigh streets. Hickson allegedly told investigators that Curry-Davis was responsible for Madera’s shooting.
Investigators questioned Curry-Davis on Monday. He allegedly admitted to entering the East Northampton Street house intending to steal a large quantity of heroin to sell it on the streets.
Curry-Davis said he was confronted by Madera, who he believed was holding a gun. Curry-Davis fired several rounds “just to spook him” as Madera walked toward him, according to the complaint.
Madera fell to the floor and Curry-Davis said he stood over the body thinking Madera was faking his death, the complaint says.
During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing on the robbery charge before District Judge Rick Cronauer, Alexander Sperazza testified he picked up a pizza at Ricci’s Pizza on Park Avenue at about 11 p.m. Nov. 23. As he entered the restaurant, he noticed Curry-Davis by the entrance door.
Sperazza said that after paying for the pizza, he turned and noticed Curry-Davis leave the business. Sperazza left the business with $10 in his hand that he later put in his pocket.
Sperazza said Curry-Davis saw him with the $10 and approached him and said, “Give me that (expletive) money.” Sperazza said Curry-Davis lunged at him and the two struggled in the roadway.
A wrestling coach, Sperazza got Curry-Davis in a naked choke hold as Curry-Davis kept yelling, “I’m (expletive) going to kill you, I’m going to gut you.” Sperazza said Curry-Davis managed to escape and then ran down Park Avenue.
Police Officer Yuannis Polemitis said Curry-Davis was arrested on East Northampton Street.
Cronauer sent the robbery charge against Curry-Davis to county court. Hickson’s case was continued to Jan. 14.
A preliminary hearing on the homicide charge is scheduled on Dec. 27.