Third suspect charged in robbery/homicide
LARRY NEFF/special to the TIMES NEWS Murder suspect Jahmal Ollivirre, 19, of Reading, left, is escorted into the office of District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, on Monday by Trooper Edward Lizewski.
A third suspect has been charged in connection with the robbery and murder of a Shenandoah man that occurred in his home last March.
State police at Frackville, along with the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office, arrested Jahmal Ollivirre, 19, of Reading, on Monday, July 12, at the New York state prison in Sing Sing. Ollivirre was extradited to Schuylkill County and arraigned before District Judge Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah.
He is charged with criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, robbery, burglary, theft, and aggravated and simple assault. He was committed to the county prison in Pottsville without bail since there is a homicide charge. A preliminary hearing is set for July 28 at 8:30 a.m. before Kilker.
Ollivirre is charged in the shooting death of Bruce Forker, 24, at his home at 333 Center St., Shenandoah, that occurred during the early morning hours of March 16.
Previously charged in connection with the murder were Damon Ennett, 29, of Freeland, and Julius C. Enoe, 20, of Reading. Troopers said Enoe and Ollivirre resided together in Reading.
Ennett and Enoe have been charged with the same counts as Ollivirre. Each has had preliminary hearings on the charges and they were all certified to court by Kilker.
According to troopers about 2:20 a.m. on March 16 the trio forced their way into Forker's home to commit a robbery. During the course of the robbery Forker was shot to death with a .45-caliber handgun. He suffered a single bullet wound to the head.
Troopers said the incident began as Forker's live-in girlfriend, Kasa Delana Brennan, was leaving the residence en route to her mother's home nearby. She was forced back into the home by two of the suspects who then confronted Forker, who was in a downstairs room.
Troopers said the men demanded money from Forker and forced him to go upstairs. They also forced Brennan to go upstairs.
Brennan told investigators while in the upstairs hallway her 5-year-old daughter came out of a bedroom crying and asking for her mother. The suspect who was holding Brennan pushed her toward the child. Brennan said a short time later she heard a "pop" noise.
She said the two men then fled the home. As she ran by the bedroom where Forker was taken by one of the suspects, she saw him lying on the floor with blood streaming from his head.
She ran out the back door of the home and to a neighbor's house and called 9-1-1.
Shenandoah police responded and found Forker dead in the upstairs bedroom, which was used as a computer room, police noted.
Troopers said their investigation revealed that Ennett was the one who grabbed Brennan and that Enoe had the gun and shot Forker. Troopers said in an interview with Ennett he claimed Enoe was the shooter and the robbery was planned by Enoe and Ollivirre.
Troopers said an autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Binder and he ruled the manner of death a homicide.
Troopers said about $5,000 was taken in the robbery. The case is being handled by the Troop L Major Case Team.