Hearing Set After Arrest For Boro Alleged Murder

POTTSTOWN PA – A homeless Pottstown man is scheduled for a Sept. 5 (2017; Tuesday) preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. in a magisterial district courtroom to face charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and possessing instruments of crime, after he was accused of and later captured in relation to the late July killing of a borough musician.

Steven Holmes (at top), 54, who is known to frequent the Pottstown area, was the subject of an arrest warrant following the alleged murder Diamonde Stone on July 30 (Sunday) shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of High Street. Pottstown police found Stone, 35, suffering from apparent stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Stone, also known locally as “Klutch,” was a guitar player and singer. He reportedly grew up in the Bensalem PA area and attended schools there.

The warrant for Holmes was issued Aug. 1 (Tuesday), after an investigation was said to have revealed Holmes introduced a knife into the altercation. Holmes, who was aware he was wanted, fled and eluded authorities for about three weeks.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and borough Police Chief Richard Drumheller jointly announced his capture in a Wednesday (Aug. 23) news release. He had been picked up the previous night on Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia.

Holmes currently is housed in the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, to which he was remanded without bail.

During the hearing, Holmes is set to appear before Magisterial District Judge Edward C. Kropp Sr. at One Security Plaza. Steele said his case would be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Christopher Daniels and Matthew Brittenberg.

Photos from the county District Attorney’s Office and Google Images

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