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Trial scheduled for man accused of Muddy Creek Township homicide

Daniel C. Lloyd

A May trial has been scheduled for an Allegheny County man accused of shooting and killing an Ohio man in Muddy Creek Township nearly two years ago.

The defendant, Daniel C. Lloyd, 21, of Pitcairn, is facing homicide and conspiracy charges in the June 11, 2022, death of Frederick Orr, 32, of Columbus, Ohio.

Jury selection is set to begin May 1, with the trial scheduled to start May 6 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but the district attorney’s office on Monday requested a new trial date because a vital witness is not able to be released in time for the trial.

As of Thursday, Judge Timothy McCune hadn’t issued a ruling on the motion.

Nicole L. Schwartz, 38, of Ellwood City, also was charged with homicide and conspiracy in connection to the incident. Her case was severed from Lloyd’s case because she is testifying against him as a cooperating witness. McCune granted the district attorney’s motion to sever the cases in March. Schwartz is being represented by the public defender’s office.

State police allege Schwartz picked up Orr, who she used to date, after he was released from jail on June 11, 2022, and drove to Kelly Road in Muddy Creek Township.

Police said Lloyd, who was hiding in the back of the vehicle, forced Orr outside and shot him.

According to the district attorney’s office, the vital witness, Dylan Hinchberger, 30, is in jail in Hillsborough County, Fla., on a probation violation, and the county sheriff’s office won’t release him until his case there is resolved.

The probation violation is connected to Hinchberger’s conviction on a felony charge of robbery while in possession of a firearm in 2015, according to court records.

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