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[February 20, 2013]
5 charged in West Chester robbery, murder
Feb 20, 2013 (The Philadelphia Inquirer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Five Delaware County men have been charged in connection with the robbery and murder of a West Chester man.
Jamal Ahmed Scott, 24, became the county's first homicide victim of 2013 when he was shot late Jan. 25, in the borough of West Chester.
Scott, a borough resident, apparently drove himself to Chester County Hospital after he was shot numerous times while sitting in his car.
He was later taken to Paoli Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police. An autopsy revealed he had been shot in the heart.
Police have now charged Anthony Brightwell, 24, Sergio Jose Droz, 20, Tyrone Palmer, 21, and Calvin Thompson, 21, all of Chester, and Nafis Janey, 20, of Brookhaven, with homicide, robbery, conspiracy and other related charges in connection with Scott's death.
Police reviewed multiple video surveillance recording from the scene of the shooting in the area of Union and Matlack Street. They also interviewed a number of witnesses, one of whom had contact with Droz and Brightwell in the immediate area. Another witness saw the shooting.
According to court documents, the five men allegedly plotted that night to rob a drug dealer. While Janey allegedly drove the group up to the borough, contact with Scott was made using Thompson's cell phone. Palmer allegedly provided the two weapons that were used in the crime.
At the scene, video shows that Brightwell got into the passenger seat of Scott's car just before 11 p.m. in the 200 block of South Matlack Street. There was a struggle and Brightwell fired one shot while he was in the car.
Immediately after, Droz walked up to the car and fired three more shots into the driver side door. The pair took a backpack of marijuana and fled on foot, according to court records.
The group returned to Chester and divided up the drugs.
Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149, firstname.lastname@example.org or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.
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