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Death penalty sought in 2018 Carlisle homicide

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Craig Ryan Hines Jr.

Craig Ryan Hines Jr., of Carlisle, is led out of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Birbeck’s office.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Michael Burch as he walked down the street in Carlisle in 2018.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Daniel Sodus filed a notice of aggravating circumstances against Craig Hines, 19, of Carlisle, Thursday, which allows for the death penalty if Hines is convicted of first-degree murder.

Hines is charged with first- and third-degree murder, felony voluntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm without a license and multiple counts of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Carlisle Police said Hines opened fire on Burch around 3:45 p.m. June 21, 2018, while Burch was walking along the first block of East Penn Street in Carlisle with another man.

Burch was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Bullets were found inside at least one home near the shooting, according to testimony provided at Hines’s preliminary hearing in September.

Sodus listed two aggravating circumstances in his filing against Hines.

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The first is that Hines knowingly created a grave risk of death to another person in addition to Burch during the shooting.

The second aggravating circumstance is that Hines has a history of felony convictions for violent behavior.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Carlisle Police, Hines received a juvenile adjudication for aggravated assault.

Hines was arrested in August and has been held without bail ever since. He is in Cumberland County Prison. Hines also faces multiple counts of felony drug possession with intent to deliver in a separate case.

Hines’s case is the second active death penalty case being handled by the district attorney’s office.

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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Christopher Jaquell Williams, 27, of Harrisburg. Williams is accused of shooting and killing Rhyhiem Hodge, 35, during what police described as a robbery inside Hodge’s home in Carlisle in November 2017.

Earlier this month, Robert Anderson, 41, of Carlisle, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Daniel Harris, 30, inside the Haines Stackfield American Legion on West Penn Street in June 2016.

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Anderson was facing the death penalty in that case but a jury sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Email Joshua Vaughn at jvaughn@cumberlink.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Sentinel_Vaughn.

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