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Pittsburgh funeral shooting suspects held for trial; video played in court

WTAE Pittsburgh 2/4/2023 Marcie Cipriani
Brighton Heights funeral shooting © Surveillance video Brighton Heights funeral shooting

Two people have been ordered to stand trial in a shooting outside a church where a funeral service was being held in Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood.

Surveillance video of the Oct. 28 shooting outside Destiny of Faith Church was introduced at the preliminary hearing Friday for Hezekiah Nixon, 17, and Shawn Davis, 19.

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Watch the full surveillance video above.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office presented video that they say shows Nixon and Davis walking toward the church just before the shooting. Two gunmen are then seen opening fire. A split-screen view was provided that showed both gunmen firing.

According to the prosecution, one person was shot 13 times. They said there were six victims, as well as one of the horses that was there for a horse-drawn carriage.

The DA's office also showed surveillance pictures showing who they say are Nixon and Davis walking through the community, both casing the funeral home and then going back to open fire.

Watch the breaking news report from the courthouse in the video above.

"The surveillance video from prior to the shooting, you can see two individuals dressed in all black. You can't identify them. Law enforcement was unable to identify the two shooters. When the video then moves to in front of the church, clearly you can't see who these two individuals are," said Nixon's defense attorney, Casey White.

All charges, including attempted homicide and aggravated assault, were held for trial after the hearing, which took place at the county courthouse for security reasons. One person was removed from the courtroom for an outburst.

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