Driver tried in drive-through murder

January 13, 2009 5:05:15 AM PST
Prosecutors say the driver of a car that pulled up to a McDonald's in eastern Pennsylvania on summer night in 2007 didn't pull the trigger but helped plan the fatal shooting of the woman in the drive-through window. The driver, 29-year-old Yonel Hernandez-Payero, is on trial in Berks County Court on first-degree murder and related charges.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Howard says Hernandez-Payero was smoking marijuana laced with heroin with his 18-year-old cousin, Laney Payero, and a 16-year-old friend, Xavier Rodriguez-Colon, on July 18, 2007. About 3:30 a.m. they decided to rob McDonald's.

Officials say Rodriguez-Colon fired the shot that killed 40-year-old Shawnee Koch of Reading. He has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and is expected to testify at the Hernandez-Payero trial.


Information from: Reading Eagle,

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