WILKES-BARRE — A man from Ohio in search of drugs inside an East Northampton Street residence where a man was gunned down will face criminal homicide and burglary charges in Luzerne County Court.
District Judge Martin Kaneforwarded the case against Lamar Curry-Davis to county court after a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Curry-Davis, 19, is charged with criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of Eduardo Madera, 46, inside 320 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, on Nov. 6.
An arraignment date has yet to be determined.
A woman found Madera dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the kitchen of the house.
Investigators allegedly received information about the deadly shooting from Nasim Hickson, 19, of Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 7. City police arrested Hickson Dec. 7. after he allegedly fired a modified .22 caliber rifle at officers investigating a disturbance. Hickson allegedly told investigators that Curry-Davis was responsible for Madera’s shooting.
Detective Charles J. Balogh Jr. from the District Attorney’s Office said Hickson told police he was at a friend’s house on the night of the shooting. That house was across from the house where the shooting took place.
“At some point in the late evening hours, he (Hickson) was outside having a cigarette,” Balogh said. “At that time, he heard some muffled noise and he had seen flashes going off in the home of 320 E. Northampton St.”
Later in the evening, Balogh said, Curry-Davis and another person came to the house where Hickson was. While there, Hickson told police, Curry-Davis and the other individual were acting “very funny and weird.” Hickson also said he saw a revolver in Curry-Davis’ hoodie.
Hickson said Curry-Davis told him a few days later that he committed the homicide and detailed how he shot Madera. Curry-Davis allegedly showed Hickson how Madera put up his hands in an attempt to defend himself.
“From the autopsy, we had noticed that the gunshot wound went through the hand, and we did, in fact, find a bullet in his (Madera’s) mouth, which is very consistent and which was not released in public whatsoever where our victim was shot,” Balogh said.
Balogh interviewed Hickson again on Dec. 16 at the county prison, where Curry-Davis was being held on separate charges, and said the information from the second interview was consistent with the first statements.
According to Balogh:
Curry-Davis allegedly told officials he went to the East Northampton Street address on the night of Madera’s death in search of drugs. Balogh said Curry-Davis admitted to being under the influence of alcohol on the night of the shooting.
Curry-Davis allegedly went into the apartment through the basement. Balogh said a light flicked on when Curry-Davis was inside, and that Curry-Davis thought Madera was holding a weapon “at which time, he fired his weapon to ‘spook him.’ ”
Curry-Davis allegedly told officials he continued to shoot at Madera but was surprised when he didn’t fall down. He also said Madera held up his hand to defend himself and he examined Madera after he had fallen.
Curry-Davis, who is being defended by attorney Brian Cocoran, did not testify.