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Minersville man charged in Schuylkill homicide

The homicide hearing for the Minersville man charged in the death of a Pottsville resident in 2015 has been continued.

Adriell Chambers, 42, is in Schuylkill County Prison on criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit criminal homicide for the March 2, 2015, death of Dat Huynh, 32, also known as Mike.

The preliminary hearing had been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Magisterial District Justice James Reiley’s courtroom. It has been rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Both the defense and the prosecution requested additional time, Reiley said.

Phong Tran, 41, of Philadelphia, is also charged with the aforementioned offenses. He remains at large.

A statewide grand jury in May issued a statement about the incident.

District Attorney Michael O’Pake referred the matter to the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

Huynh, who lived on West Norwegian Street in the city, died of a gunshot wound to the head and torso. Police were sent to the home at 12:31 p.m. after a woman said her boyfriend was killed. Police entered and found Huynh “lying on his right side with his face down in a pool of blood,” the document reads. He was pronounced dead at 4:57 p.m.

Huynh’s girlfriend said that Tran, the former boyfriend of the owner of the house, had once lived in the home.

Neighbors told police they saw a black SUV across the streets days before the homicide and on the day of the incident.

Tran went to city hall at the request of police. He said he stayed at the home the Saturday before the homicide.

Tran also said he was not in Pottsville the day of the homicide, but spent the night in Syracuse, New York before going to Philadelphia. He went to Pottsville after learning of Huynh’s death.

Police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle where they found $6,000. A search of the home yielded the following: $8,000 in missing jewelry and a bag from a safe that only three people knew the combination to, Tran being one of them.

The jury also found out Tran, who was staying at a hotel while police processed the scene, yelled at one of the women that he would tell her who killed Huynh if she paid him.

Video from Schuylkill County shows a black Jeep Cherokee following Huynh March 2. The license plate matches Tran’s Jeep, the presentment reads.

Video near the home shows a person walking to the front door of the home at 11:32 a.m. Tran is seen on video arriving in a black Audi. At 11:44 a.m. two people are seen walking briskly from the home.

Cell data show the phones of Tran and Chambers were in Pottsville the day of the homicide, the jury learned.

Chambers denied involvement with the homicide, claiming a “friend” was involved and told him what took place. He said his friend was asked to go with Tran but wasn’t provided details. Tran threatened the friend with a gun when he found out and rode in a vehicle to the home where “things went bad,” the jury learned.

Pottsville Police Chief Richard Wojciechowsky said a “significant number of Pottsville Police officers have been involved in this investigation at one point or another and most recently Captain Kirk Becker and Sgt. Mark O’Toole worked closely with the PA Attorney General’s office to earn a grand jury indictment and subsequent arrest warrants. Our department is very thankful to the AG’s office collaborating with us during this process for a case that remained open and active until solved.”

Anyone with information on Tran is asked to call their local police.