New evidence presented in court against 14-year-old accused of killing teen in Carrick
A local teenager, Nigel Thompson, will remain in the Allegheny County Jail after prosecutors showed surveillance footage of Thompson leaving and returning to his home just minutes after Damonte Hardrick was shot and killed just a few blocks away.
“I didn’t see any empathy in that child’s eyes. This has to stop,” said Lesa Hardrick, aunt of the victim.
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Channel 11 News was inside the courtroom when 14-year-old Nigel Thompson was told that police had collected enough evidence to charge him with the murder of 17-year-old Damonte Hardrick.
Also, inside the courtroom was the victim’s aunt who told us that she didn’t believe Thompson even knew her nephew.
“He was soaring through high school he had a 3.0 he went to a charter school, and I honestly believe that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We didn’t know those people,” Lesa said.
Police said Thompson was on home detention wearing an electronic ankle monitor equipped with GPS when he killed Hardrick.
And prosecutors showed a map – generated by his ankle monitor that traced Thompson’s route from his home to the crime scene and back, which took roughly 14 minutes.
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Prosecutors said his ankle monitor pinged his location every thirty seconds.
Prosecutors then showed this shocking surveillance footage of a male wearing a dark hoodie and pants jogging toward the scene of the crime. The footage and GPS pings match, exactly.
In the video at 9:59 p.m., two flashes go off in front of 148 Parkfield Street. Police said one of those bullets went through the bricks and struck Hardrick in the head -- killing him.
Again, in the video, a figure runs back along the same route, and then from a camera inside Thompson’s home, a man identified as Thompson can be seen at 10:05 p.m. entering just minutes after his GPS placed him at the crime scene, wearing the same outfit.
“I wish he could never come out. I think anybody that kills somebody should never see the light of day,” Lesa said.
Thompson, who is just 14 years old, is being charged as an adult for the murder of 17-year-old Damonte Hardrick.
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