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Arrest made in Woodward Twp homicide

Brian St. John III
PHOTO PROVIDED 21-year-old Jakob Lee Haines of Beech Creek was killed Friday night. Brian St. John III was arrested and charged with homicide in relation to his death.

WOODWARD TOWNSHIP – Pennsylvania State Police have arrested Brian St. John, III, of Woodward Township, on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another Person.

State Police responded to a reported shooting at 330 Brewery Hollow Road at approximately 8:30 Friday evening. The victim, identified by state police as 21-year-old Jakob Lee Haines of Beech Creek, was located at the residence having suffered a single fatal gunshot wound.

St. John, 19, was arraigned Saturday morning by Magisterial District Judge Frank Mills, who ordered that the Defendant be denied bail pending preliminary hearing. The Defendant has been committed to the Clinton County Correctional Facility while he awaits his first court appearance which is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, March 2, at 8:30 a.m.

The investigation remains ongoing and is being conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop F Major Case Team. Anyone who has information about the case should contact the Lamar Barracks at 570-726-6000 or can submit information through the Clinton County Office of District Attorney at ClintonDA.org.

Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna said an autopsy would be conducted on Saturday with a cause and manner of death pending results of the procedure.

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