Lampley, accused in Wendy's shooting and robbery, appears in preliminary hearing

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Friday, February 28th, 2020 at 6:06 PM
Lampley, accused in Wendy's shooting and robbery, appears in preliminary hearing by Shayma Musa
Markese D. Lampley leaves the preliminary hearing at the McKean District Court. | Photo: Shayma Musa

Markese D. Lampley, accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Alexander Cavanah during a robbery at the Washington Township Wendy's on Jan. 25, appeared in court this afternoon for his preliminary hearing. Magisterial District Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis held Lampley for trial on all charges, including first- and second-degree murder. 

Lampley, 20, allegedly shot Cavanah, who was working during the robbery and who attempted to stop the gunman, according to testimony given by Pennsylvania State Police at the hearing. Testimony also revealed that although Lampley made no verbal threats to the Wendy’s employees, he did swing a 9 mm handgun in an enclosed back office in the restaurant.  

Cavanah was the manager of the restaurant. He is survived by his wife and two children. 

Stuck-Lewis upheld all charges against Lampley, including: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, aggravated assault, robbery, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without license, and possession of marijuana. 

Lampley will remain in Erie County Prison without bond. No trial date has been set. Look for more information in the print issue of The Spectator that comes out Thursday, March 5. 

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