Charges against woman dropped in slaying that killed 3

NEW CASTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a woman in a robbery-related western Pennsylvania shooting that killed three people, including a 10-year-old girl.

The New Castle News reports that the Lawrence County district attorney’s office and New Castle police withdrew charges against 41-year-old Jody Hammer, who was released from jail Monday afternoon.

District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa declined comment on the decision. Charges remain against 19-year-old Steven Procopio and 19-year-old Anthony Lavon Cooper, Jr.

Hammer, of Pulaski Township, had been charged with criminal homicide, robbery and hindering apprehension in the Oct. 16 shooting deaths of 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey, her 31-year-old boyfriend Lawrence Cannon, and her 10-year-old daughter, Amariah Emery.

Authorities allege that another child told police that Procopio shot her sister and then fired at her as she scrambled back upstairs.