Charges revealed in triple murder

Staff reports

Eleven people, including several members of the Black Guerrilla Family, a nationwide gang, will go to trial in February for their alleged connection to the murder of three people — Wendy Chaney, Brandon Cole and Phillip Jackson — in June 2016 in Montgomery Township.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pennsylvania State Police investigated the drug trafficking activities of Kevin Coles, Devin Dickerson and Torey White, who according to police, distributed and conspired to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, crack cocaine and heroin in the Chambersburg and Mercersburg areas, as well as Hagerstown and beyond.

According to court documents, Jackson purchased drugs from Coles and White. Chaney, who was dating White, got involved in drug activity with the group.

Chaney also was an informant for the Washington County Maryland Drug Task Force, providing information to federal and state law enforcement officials about the drug trafficking activities of Coles, Dickerson and White, who became suspicious of Chaney.

White allegedly lured Chaney to Jackson's Montgomery Township farm on June 25, 2016.

According to court documents, Jerell Adgebesan and Kenyatta Corbett traveled from Hagerstown to Baltimore, where they enlisted Christopher Johnson, Johnnie Jenkins-Armstrong, Michael Buck and other members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang to plan and execute the murder of Jackson and Chaney.

Several members of the group traveled to a farm in the 11000 block of Welsh Run Road where they found Jackson, Chaney and Coles and restrained them by binding their hands behind them with zip ties.

They then shot the three.

State police responded to the property shortly before midnight, after receiving a call of shots fired in the area.

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies of Chaney, 39, of Hagerstown and Cole, 46, of Fayetteville, and a severely injured Jackson, 36. All three had been set on fire.

Jackson died a day later at York Hospital of his gunshot injury.

It wasn't the first time gunshots on the property attracted the attention of neighbors and state police.

For several months prior to the killings, neighbors complained to local officials about the frequent shooting of firearms, noisy altercations and loud vehicles going up and down Welsh Run Road.

After a lengthy investigation, 22 counts of multiple crimes, including robbery, obstruction, controlled substances and murder, were included in the indictment.

Coles, Dickerson, White, Johnson, Adgebesan, Corbett, Buck and Jenkins-Armstrong face numerous charges while Nicholas Preddy, Terrance Lawson and Tyrone Armstrong are charged in connection with the Black Guerrilla Family.

The eleven will go to trial Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m. before Chief Judge Christopher Conner in U.S. District Court Middle District in Harrisburg.