MERCER — State police filed charges Tuesday against two additional people in a January 2018 murder in Farrell.
DeShawn Harris, 27, now incarcerated at State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill, and Alexis Nicole Harris, 20, of Greenville were charged in the murder of Harry Kennedy Jr. on Jan. 11, 2018, at Kennedy’s home in Farrell.
Desmond Dwayne Greene, 24, was charged in March of 2018 with second-degree murder and other offenses in connection with Kennedy’s killing. Greene is awaiting trial.
DeShawn Harris is serving 14 to 28 years at SCI Camp Hill, Cumberland County, after he pleaded guilty Oct. 11 to attempted murder and other offenses in connection with the Nov. 25, 2018 shooting in Farrell during an attempted robbery. Harris entered an Alford plea in the case, which means he did not acknowledge guilt in the shooting.
Police said Kennedy was killed during a robbery at his home by a man wearing a mask, and at least one other intruder was in the house at the approximate time of the shooting. Gerald Frank, Kennedy’s nephew, was also at the house and said he hid under a table during the shooting and did not see who shot Kennedy.
Frank told police that Alexis Harris took personal possessions, possibly money, out of Kennedy’s pockets after he was shot. Harris told police that Frank took money from Kennedy.
Police also said Alexis Harris had been with Kennedy earlier in the day when he cashed a pension check, but she didn’t know what Kennedy did with the money.
In a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, state police said a witness came forward to say that he talked to Alexis Harris after the shooting. The witness said Alexis Harris had set up DeShawn Harris and Greene to rob Kennedy, but DeShawn Harris shot Kennedy when he didn’t cooperate.
The witness told police that Alexis Harris knew Kennedy had $2,500 in his house and communicated by text message with DeShawn Harris and Greene to set up the robbery. In 2019, police said the witness also was incarcerated with DeShawn Harris and Greene in Mercer County Jail, and DeShawn Harris said he didn’t intend to shoot Kennedy, but had to because the victim wouldn’t cooperate with the robbery.
DeShawn Harris and Alexis Harris are charged with murder in the second degree, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. DeShawn Harris is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Alexis Harris was arraigned Tuesday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Dec. 26.