Pottstown Man Faces 1st-Degree Murder Charge

POTTSTOWN PA – A Pottstown man was taken into custody Tuesday morning (April 16, 2019) on first-degree murder and related charges after the borough police department investigated an alleged homicide that occurred in a residence at 162 N. Charlotte St., where both the suspect and the male victim lived, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

Arrested in the incident, and being held without bail at the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, is Darryl “Omar” McMillian, 36 (at top). Court records show he is charged with first- and third-degree murder, receiving stolen property, possessing an instrument of crime with intent for its use; manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance; possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance, and unsworn falsification to authorities.

The victim is identified as James Madison, 41.

Pottstown police responded Tuesday at 1:02 a.m. to the Charlotte Street address after receiving a call about a disturbance, according to a media statement from Steele and police Chief Michael J. Markovich. As three officers arrived on the scene, “they heard a single gunshot inside Apartment 3,” it reported. McMillian opened the door, the police entered, “and found Madison suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on the bathroom floor,” it added.

The victim was transported to Pottstown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A joint investigation launched by Montgomery County Detectives and the police department “found that the two men had gotten into a verbal and physical altercation prior to the shooting,” Steele said. Police recovered 62 bags of suspected crack cocaine. They also discovered a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been reported stolen to New Hanover Township Police during December 2018, he said.

An autopsy conducted later Tuesday by Dr. Marianne Hamel, a forensic pathologist with the county Coroner’s Office, “determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound to the torso, and the manner of death was ruled homicide,” according to the statement. McMillian was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon for his preliminary arraignment, records show.

McMillian also is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 1 (Wednesday afternoon) in the Pottstown courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

Photo from the county District Attorney’s office

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