Knight arraigned in Basham homicide case

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Erie police have charged three men in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Allen Basham. Two are behind bars, and the third is still on the loose this evening.

It was an early morning shoot-out on West 26th Street that led to Allen Basham’s death. After an intense five and a half month investigation, the alleged perpetrators are behind bars.

Erie police have charged 26-year-old Marquis Knight with homicide in connection with Basham’s death.He was arrested at his home late Thursday night.

24-year-old Ashton Pullium-Jones also faces gun charges in connection with Basham’s death. He was already in prison on drug charges.

Police say 31-year-old Jamaine Gambill is wanted at this hour, charged with aggravated assault, in connection with the homicide.

The shootout that took Basham’s life happened in the 1100 block of West 26th street around 3 a.m. on April 16th.

DNA and ballistic evidence along with fingerprints on four weapons recovered at the scene are what led to these three men being charged.

Chief Don Dacus says police believe these three are the primary perpetrators from the incident.

“It was a large crime scene up there,” Dacus said. “It was over two blocks in size. There were over 40 rounds fired, so this was a lengthy investigation where they had to identify almost 30 people that they knew were involved.”

This is EPD’s sixth homicide arrest of 2016 out of eight homicides. Chief Dacus says that’s unheard of. It’s also the second homicide arrest in one week. He says he can’t say enough about the detectives.

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