Man testifies he tossed gun used to kill 2 teens in Delaware River

Kristen Johanson
May 16, 2019 - 2:21 pm
2017 mug shot of Brandon Olivieri

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A key witness in the case against a young South Philadelphia man, who is charged with murdering two 16-year-olds, testified Thursday morning to getting rid of the alleged weapon.

Marc Malerba, 21, said he and another man, Rodney Outlaw, got rid of the gun used to kill Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller. He testified they threw it in the Delaware River just a few days after the October 2017 fatal shooting.

Brandon Olivieri, who was 16 at the time, is charged with their murders, but he maintains his innocence.

Authorities say now 18-year-old Olivieri lost a fight with a friend of DiNubile’s, and on the night in question, he put a gun in his waistband as he went out "looking for trouble," according to witness testimony.

When he approached DiNubile at the corner, Olivieri reached for his waistband, and DiNubile reached for the weapon. Two other eyewitnesses took the stand this week to corroborate this series of events.

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Malerba said Olivieri gave the gun to Outlaw, and then he and Outlaw drove to a pier near the South Philadelphia Walmart along Columbus Boulevard and tossed it into the river.

A map of their Uber ride, pulled by prosecutors, shows the route of their travel from Malerba's South Philly home to the Walmart days after the shooting.

Malerba's teenage ex-girlfriend corroborated his stories with text messages. 

When defense crossed, Malerba told the jury DiNubile’s dad beat him up a few months after the shooting of his son.

Malerba and Outlaw have been charged with tampering with evidence, intimidating a witness, and gun-related offenses. Their cases are still pending.

The Olivieri case is expected to wrap up Friday.