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A Pennsylvania man was arrested in connection with 5 cold case homicides: report

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Police in Pennsylvania arrested a man over the weekend in connection with five cold-case homicides, according to the report.

Michael Blackston, 29, was arrested on Saturday in connection with five killings in Philadelphia that dates back more than 8 years, FOX 29 reported, adding that the alleged murder took place between 2011 and 2017.

Blackston, of Philadelphia, is accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Saleem Garland in a car, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia, in June 2011, the tv station reported. Days later, Blackston allegedlly shot and killed a 22-year-old Gary Wilson in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, according to the news outlet.

Several weeks later, in July 2011, the Blackston has allegedly shot a 22-year-old Kristin Freemon, several times, in East Germantown. Freemon died on the following day.

Michael Blackston, 29, was arrested on Saturday in connection with five killings in Philadelphia that dates back more than 8 years of age, according to local reports.
(Philadelphia Police Department)

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In September 2017, Blackston has allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old Branden Vincent, in East Germantown, the station reported, adding that a week later allegedly killed a 20-year-old Michael Cousette, in the Northern part of Philadelphia.

A District Attorney, Larry Krasner, do not immediately react to Fox News’ request for comment, but told Fox 29, “My office has filed murder and other charges against Michael Blackston for his role in the killings of five people from 2011 to 2017.”

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Blackston, remained jailed without bail since he was arrested in September 2018 for the December 2011 murder of WCAU-TV reported, citing the police investigation.

He was reported to have been arrested by the Philadelphia police headquarters Thursday night and charged with five counts of murder, along with gun offenses and other crimes.

Blackston lawyers in the December 2011 murder, do not immediately react to Fox News’ request for comment, but told the station on Monday that he was aware of the five murder counts that day.

Blackston’s trial for the December 2011 murder, is scheduled for the beginning of next year, according to the news outlet.

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The researchers do not provide details about the murders and how they were able to make the connection to Blackston’s other five counts of murder, according to local reports.

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