Man ordered to stand trial in Philly slaying police say stemmed from botched backpack robbery

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PHILADELPHIA — A man has been ordered to stand trial in a south Philadelphia shooting death that authorities said stemmed from a botched backpack robbery.

A municipal judge on Tuesday held murder, robbery, theft and weapons charges against 21-year-old Tyreek McNeil for trial.

Police allege that McNeil rode up to 22-year-old Jose Gabino-Aparicio on a bicycle in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 26 and demanded his backpack. Investigators said a struggle began and three shots were fired that struck the victim in the back.

A prosecution witness testified that MNeil told him and several other friends that he was responsible. Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik alleged that the defendant "bragged about it."

Defense attorney Francis Carmen attacked the credibility of the witness, suggesting that he was trying to deflect suspicion from himself.

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