The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 11, 2013

2nd trial in Basilone case set to begin on Tuesday

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — Two months after the triggerman in the Dec. 30, 2011, slaying of Farrell bar owner William Basilone was convicted of first degree murder and robbery and sentenced to life in prison for the crime, the trial of the alleged accomplice is set to start Tuesday.

Devine Campbell, 19, formerly of Farrell, is accused of being a part of the crime with Joshua Stewart, 20, also formerly of Farrell.

Stewart was convicted in September of killing and robbing Basilone.

Campbell is facing charges of second-degree murder and two counts each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

He is represented by Mercer lawyer J. Jarrett K. Whalen.

Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems will prosecute the case before Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John.

Neither Whalen nor Kochems said he wanted to tip his hand as to what will be presented at trial.

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning.