4 arrests in connection of student murder

February 19, 2009 5:12:26 PM PST
It's been nearly two years since the murder of a Bucks County teenager and now comes a break in the case. Police have announced new charges against four men in the 2006 death of Ahman Fralin, a student at Truman High School. As it turns out, some of the suspects knew the victim, but didn't realize it until after the shots had been fired.The case gained national attention after Tyrone Lewis, who was also Harry S. Truman's class president, couldn't walk at graduation and had to give his speech via closed circuit TV because of threats claiming the shooting was gang retaliation.

Investigators say those threats were bogus and used as a tactic to throw investigators off.

"Kendrell Cottrell, someone who should never have a gun in his possession, getting a gun, and then acting out as if he owned the streets of Bristol," Assistant Bucks County District Attorney David Zellis said.

Police say the 22-year-old got angry when the car, star high's school basketball player Tyrone Lewis was driving, tapped the bumper of the car Cottrell was a passenger in.

He got mad when Lewis didn't stop and ordered the driver, Melvin Richardson, to follow Lewis's car.

Cottrell then fired a shot which hit high school senior Ahman Fralin in the neck, paralyzing Fralin, who had a full academic scholarship to Lockhaven Universitity.

He died a few months later.

Police were able to connect Cottrell and Richardson to the shooting after Cottrell ended up in prison for drug charges and Richardson was put behind bars for a murder in Montgomery County. Police have now charged Cottrell with homicide and Richardson with hindering prosecution.

Police have also arrested Aubrey Murdaugh and Tarell Bass who were involved in the straw purchase of the murder weapon and had given the gun to Cottrell to use in a robbery.

Lewis is a star player for Niagra University now.

Investigators say Fralin's family knew Cottrell and Bass who bought the weapon for him, but investigators say that was a coincidence.

Cottrell did not know who he was shooting at.

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