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Whitehall's first homicide of 2013

Police: Shooting at UDF likely drug-related

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A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Jan. 6 in the parking lot of a United Dairy Farmers in Whitehall.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting, but it appears to be drug-related, Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said Jan. 7.

There were multiple witnesses to the fatal shooting. Whitehall police arrested a 27-year-old man about six hours after the shooting at an apartment complex on Parklawn Boulevard.

Whitehall police identified the victim as Laecinneo D. Bradford, 20, of 2053 Argyle Drive.

Police arrested Robert A. Pouncey Jr., 27, of 1120 Minnesota Ave., in connection with the shooting. Pouncey is charged with one count of aggravated murder. Additional charges are expected, Kelso said.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the parking lot of United Dairy Farmers, 4374 E. Broad St., but when officers arrived, no victims or suspects were located.

Several minutes later, police found Bradford at a Speedway at 4901 E. Main St., about two miles from the scene of the shooting, where Bradford's friend had driven him, police said.

Whitehall medics transported Bradford to Grant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

It is believed Bradford and Pouncey were acquainted, police said.

Police were investigating Jan. 7 to determine the nature of any dispute immediately prior to the shooting, Kelso said.

Based on witness interviews immediately after the shooting, police identified Pouncey's vehicle at about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in the 200 block of Parklawn Boulevard.

Pouncey was arrested at an apartment in the same block, Kelso said.

Pouncey was scheduled for arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in Franklin County Municipal Court.

According to Municipal Court records, Madison Township police arrested Pouncey in August 2012 for possession of drugs and drug abuse. Columbus police arrested Pouncey in September 2011 for disorderly conduct and in May 2011 for drug abuse.

Bradford had an active case in Franklin County Common Pleas Court stemming from his arrest in October 2012 on a charge of felonious assault.

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