Philadelphia man stands trial for first-degree murder in Montgomery County

Jim Melwert
December 11, 2018 - 6:10 pm

KYW Newsradio


MONTOGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A first-degree murder trial is underway in Montgomery County for a 25-year-old from Philadelphia, accused of shooting and killing a man who he blamed for getting him arrested.  

Antonio Lindsay is charged with the murder of 34-year-old Joseph Kohler on the lawn of the Dominican Retreat House on Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham, in January.

According to the criminal complaint, Lindsay and Kohler were in a car in Philadelphia on January 27, Kohler behind the wheel, when they were pulled over. Cops found 445 packets of suspected heroin on Lindsay, and arrested him on possession with intent to deliver.

Lindsay got out on bail two days later, according to court documents, by paying $10.

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Prosecutors say the next day, Lindsay drove Kohler out to the Elkins Estate property, told him to get out of the car, led him out of sight of other people who were in the car, shot him twice and got back in the car.

One of the men in that car testified when he heard the guns shots he ducked down in the back seat, terrified because he didn’t know where they were. He said he looked up and another man in the front seat was looking back at him smiling or smirking. He said when Lindsay got back in the car, he told him to keep his mouth shut.

On cross examination, Lidnsay’s attorney pressed the witness on differences in two statements he gave police, the witness saying he lied in his first interview because he was scared for his life.