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Preliminary Hearing in Johnstown Shooting Case

The Preliminary Hearing for the Johnstown man charged in the shooting death of a High Schooler on New Year’s Day was held on Wednesday. The Hearing lasted about two and a half hours inside Judge Price’s Office — where he determined that all charges will be held for the Court of Common Pleas.

Qwante Rose was arrested back in September — nearly ten months after 19-year-old Jaydin Sanderson of Ferndale was found shot to death in a car in the Hornerstown section of the city. Rose is facing charges related to criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person. According to the Affidavit, Rose and Sanderson were reportedly in a relationship together and had attended a New Year’s Eve party just hours before the crime.

Three people testified Wednesday: Johnstown Police Detective Seargent Corey Adams, Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees, and a Witness who was escorted by Police — who said that Rose confessed to him that he killed Sanderson by shooting her in the back of the head just days after the incident occurred. Authorities say Investigators were also able to make a ballistics match from the fatal shooting to a gun that was seized in a shootout near the Oakhurst Homes in March — which Rose later admitted to being involved in. Rose is being held in the Cambria County Prison and his Bail was denied.

Greg Neugebauer, the Cambria County District Attorney issued the following statement: “The Commonwealth is pleased with the outcome of today’s proceeding. We look forward to aggressively prosecuting this senseless act of violence and seeking justice for Jaydin and her family.”

A formal Arraignment will be held January 31st.

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