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Alleged gang leader heads to trial for drive-by shooting

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 14 2014 05:07:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 14 2014 07:35:15 PM CDT

A self proclaimed "Emir" of a local street gang will be headed to trial on charges he gave the go-ahead for a deadly drive-by shooting in the Poconos.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -

A self proclaimed "Emir" of a local street gang will be headed to trial on charges he gave the go-ahead for a deadly drive-by shooting in the Poconos.

Three of the four people that made plea deals with the prosecution testified against Sirvonn Taylor, but the defense countered that Taylor never told them to, "shoot up the house."

The prosecution presented six witnesses at the preliminary hearing for Sirvonn Taylor at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg.

Testimony was heard from three of the four people who said Taylor played a part in the shooting by giving the okay via telephone.

"They’ve all given statements under oath as part of a plea cooperation where they kind of have said the same thing,” said Michael Mancuso, First Assistant Prosecutor with the Monroe County District Attorney's office.

Dyqunn Mitchell, Bruce Murray and Kaylynn Bunnell said they knew Taylor by his street name "Black."

Bunnell said she called Murray after getting robbed while trying to buy drugs.

Murray, Mitchell, Bunnell, Jacqueline Harrigan and Brandon Wilson all went to Old Timber Road in Hamilton Township, Monroe County to, "do something about it."

Bruce Murray said he called Taylor to ask what they should do.

Murray testified Taylor said they should, "Do what they thought was right."

The group drove by the home of Darcey Kravchenko and opened fired.

One of the six bullets hit the 39 year old in the head, killing him.

A person not called to the stand was one of the shooters, Brandon Wilson.

“Wilson has provided information that he actually met with Mr. Taylor while Wilson was a fugitive," added Mancuso. "Mr. Taylor gave him money and some drugs, and advice.”

In court the defense told a judge that Taylor, an admitted member of the Black P Stone Street gang, is not the leader, but merely an adviser to younger gang members like Bruce Murray, and Dyqunn Mitchell.

He said the two looked to him for guidance, but a judge declared there was enough evidence for trial.

“In this area, he was the honcho, the main guy, there’s no doubt about that," said Mancuso.

Four of the five people in the car during the shooting have pleaded guilty to murder in the third degree.

Brandon Wilson's next court date is set for later this month.