By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
It was clear to a witness that Floyd Royal Jr. “wanted to fight” March 30 outside an apartment building at 1410 Parke Drive in Hermitage.
Daniel Mukaabya testified Tuesday he was in an apartment there and saw Royal “venting” outside at 3:24 a.m. and watched as “Floyd” and Teddy “Chris” Greer fought with Terran D. Page-Hughes and a man whom police have identified as Daniel L. Odem.
Page-Hughes and Odem are accused of shooting at Royal and Greer, who was hit in the upper right arm.
Both Page-Hughes, 24, of 360 Orange Drive, Hermitage, and Odem, 21, of 631 Hamilton Ave., Farrell, face a litany of charges in connection with the shooting.
Page-Hughes was arrested on April 17 and Odem has been on the lam since then.
Charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit aggravated and simple assault and reckless in endangerment filed against Page-Hughes were bound to common pleas court Tuesday by District Judge Lorinda Hinch, sitting in for District Judge Ronald E. Antos in his Farrell court.
During the hourlong hearing, Hinch heard Mukaabya testify about what he saw and heard that night from his girlfriend’s bedroom window, which overlooks the scene of the crime.
Hinch also heard Royal and Greer detail how the events unfolded that night before sending Page-Hughes back to Mercer County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Royal said he was first approached by three men, who asked who he was.
Two of the men fought with him, one hitting him in the mouth, “busting” his lip, and the other hitting him with the “butt” end of a gun in the back of his head.
They ran away and Royal sought Greer’s help to defend himself, he testified.
“I was mad that somebody hit me in the head,” Royal said.
It was about that time that Mukaabya heard Royal “venting” outside the building.
“I was just making sure he didn’t get jumped by anybody,” Greer testified.
Mukaabya said he saw Royal and Greer, along with Page-Hughes and a man whom police allege was Odem, getting ready to fight.
“I recognized all of them, actually,” Mukaabya said.
Page-Hughes and Odem were armed with dark revolvers and set the guns down like they were going to fight, Royal and Greer said, although neither could positively identify the men by name.
The pair then picked up the guns and started shooting at them. Royal and Greer said one shot was fired in the air, but Mukaabya who was watching from the window said Page-Hughes was aiming for the other men.
“I thought Floyd was hit,” Mukaabya said.
But it was Greer who sustained a through-and-through shot to his arm, Greer said.
“I felt a little vibration in my arm” before falling to the ground and passing out, he said.
Greer was treated at a hospital, and said he’s still in pain from the wound.
“I believe they just ran off,” Greer said of Page-Hughes and Odem.