FARRELL — The Jan. 11, 2018, murder of Farrell resident Harry Kennedy Jr. was the result of a robbery gone bad and might have involved a woman romantically involved with both the victim and the accused shooter, the state police trooper who investigated the killing said.

Desmond Dwayne Greene, 24, was charged Friday with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, robbery and other offenses in connection with Kennedy’s death. Multiple witnesses in the case indicated that Kennedy was shot during a robbery about 9 p.m. Jan. 11.

At the time, Kennedy’s nephew and a woman who identified herself as Kennedy’s girlfriend were at his home. 

The girlfriend told police that Kennedy had received a retirement check earlier that day and that he had taken it to a bank, but didn’t know what he had done with it, said Trooper Joseph Morris, the state police’s lead investigator in the case, in a criminal complaint.

Farrell police and the Mercer County District attorney requested that the state police Troop D Major Case Team take over the investigation immediately after Kennedy’s shooting, according to the criminal complaint.

Kennedy’s nephew told police that he had gone to Kennedy’s home to deliver narcotics. While he was there, he said the girlfriend was already there and another man arrived.

About 9 p.m., Kennedy and the other man went to Kennedy’s front door. When the two men reached the door, the nephew reported hearing a disturbance and seeing Kennedy and the other man run back through Kennedy’s residence.

A third man, who had a covering over his face, chased them through the house, before a shot went off. The shot fatally wounded Kennedy, according to a report by Mercer County Coroner John Libonati.

When police arrived, Kennedy’s wallet was gone and he had no money.

On March 18, 2018, Farrell police apprehended Greene after a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, police said Greene attempted to dispose of a Ruger .357 revolver. He pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a weapon and was being held in Mercer County Jail when he was charged in Kennedy’s death.

Greene denied using the Ruger. However, state police said Greene told a witness that he had fired the weapon during the attempt to rob Kennedy. 

Another man, identified in court documents only as a witness, said Greene was involved in a relationship with the woman who said she was Kennedy’s girlfriend, and that the woman was to have left Kennedy’s front door unlocked so Greene and another man could rob Kennedy’s house.

The witness also said the woman was supposed to have signaled Greene to enter Kennedy’s home, but he became impatient and went into the house before receiving the signal.

According to the criminal complaint, two other women said Greene had a physical relationship with the woman identified as Kennedy’s girlfriend.

In addition to the charges of murder, robbery and aggravated assault, state police filed charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary, and state police said Friday that they expect to charge more people in the case.

However, online court records indicate that no one else has been charged as of Monday in connection with Kennedy’s murder.

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