South Philly teen accused of killing two peers will be tried as adult

Kristen Johanson
June 05, 2018 - 7:52 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The South Philly teen accused of killing two other teens will be tried as an adult after a contentious day at the city’s Criminal Justice Center.

Jim Lammendola, who represents the suspect, 17-year-old Brandon Olivieri, withdrew his "decertification" motion for Olivieri to be tried as a juvenile, saying too much would come out.

"My major focus on this is not to have all of these testimonials put into the record when all the factual basis of what really is occurring might be polluted, and that a jury potentially will be polluted in the future," said Lammendola.

Olivieri was 16 years old when the two victims, Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller, also both 16 years old, were shot and killed in October 2017.

He now faces murder and weapons charges, including carrying an unlicensed firearm.

The brief hearing was tense after a scuffle outside the courtroom between the Olivieri and DiNubile families.

Officers had to break it up, and Judge Kathryn Streeter-Lewis allowed immediate family members to sit in on the proceeding.

Family and friends of DiNubile wore black shirts with white lettering, which said "Justice for Tankie," referencing the young DiNubile's nickname.

The Olivieri family wore white shirts with black lettering that read "Brandon is Innocent."

Emotions flared outside the courthouse as well, where more family and friends waited. Officers had to break up both incidents.

A status hearing is scheduled for mid June.