2 charged after slaying led to Amber Alert for 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy

2 charged in shooting that led to Amber Alert for 16-year-old boy

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. — Two people have been charged in connection with a slaying in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, that led to an Amber Alert being issued for a 16-year-old boy, authorities said.

Police were called to East Fairview Avenue early Tuesday and found William Stewart, 52, dead in the yard. Stewart was the fiancé of the 16-year-old boy’s mother. He had been shot multiple times.

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Keith Bradshaw, 31, and Marjorie Jay are both charged with homicide, kidnapping and other charges in connection with the shooting and Amber Alert.

According to the criminal complaint, Jay told police she and Bradshaw went to the home on Fairview Avenue to try talking to the 16-year-old boy. She said Bradshaw brought things to tie the boy up, but told her he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

Police said they jumped the backyard fence at the home, where they ran into Stewart, who was letting his dogs out.

According to the criminal complaint, after an argument, Bradshaw shot Stewart multiple times.

Bradshaw then got the 16-year-old boy from inside the house. Bradshaw, Jay and the boy all ran from the scene, the complaint said.

Police caught up with Jay not far from the scene. According to the criminal complaint, she initially lied to them about her name.

An Amber Alert was issued for the teenager and Bradshaw. The alert was canceled within an hour when they were located by Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg by using the car’s OnStar system.

But, according to the criminal complaint, Stewart had an ongoing problem with Bradshaw and Jay, which he reported to police.

Stewart’s fiancée, the boy’s mother, told WPXI she didn’t hear the gunshots, but her dogs tipped her off that something was wrong.

“I went to go out the back door to look and see what was going on, and that’s when I found my fiancé laying on the ground dead and my son was missing," Stewart said.

She said her 16-year-old son was trying to walk away from a relationship with Bradshaw, a relationship she and the teen’s father initially allowed.

She said Bradshaw has been harassing the family.

“He came at me with some woman, called me, another showed up at my door, trying to scare me into not saying anything about his relationship with my son," she said.

Keith Bradshaw, 31, and Marjorie Jay are both charged with homicide, kidnapping and other charges in connection with the shooting and Amber Alert.
Keith Bradshaw, 31, and Marjorie Jay are both charged with homicide, kidnapping and other charges in connection with the shooting and Amber Alert. (Pennsylvania State Police)