A Schuylkill County district judge on Monday found enough evidence to send to court homicide charges against a man accused of killing Jason "Jay" Hahn of Andreas in June.
Ethan Michael Sullivan, 20, of Saint Clair, remains in the county prison without bail in Hahn's June 15 death. He is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, robbery/serious bodily injury, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
District Judge David A. Plachko of Port Carbon sent the charges to court after listening to testimony at a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.
Hahn, 22, known for his gentle, laid-back nature, had been staying with friends at 557 Blue Mountain Road. Friends last saw him at about 1 a.m. June 15, when he got into a Jeep driven by Sullivan. Sullivan later told one of Hahn's friends, Derek Snyder, that he had dropped Hahn off near Mary D or New Philadelphia, both along Route 209 between Tamaqua and Pottsville. But Sullivan's storykept changing, Snydersaid.
Later, Snyder and his family learned that Sullivan had been driving a stolen Jeep when he picked Hahn up, and that Sullivan had been jailed.
According to an affidavit filed by state trooper Edward A. Lizewski of the Frackville barracks, on June 15, ATV riders discovered Hahn's body covered with a plastic tarp in a ditch in the woods along Silver Creek Road in Blythe Township, about a mile and a half from New Philadelphia.
Sullivan admitted to police that he had beaten Hahn in the head with a metal bar he had taken from the Jeep, then stole $54 in cash, Hahn's identification and other cards from his wallet.
Sullivan said he removed the battery from Hahn's cellphone and wrapped his body in the tarp, rolled it down the embankment and placed logs on top of it. Sullivan tried to burn the Jeep and then ran away.