Prelim rescheduled for Chambersburg man charged in death of teen

Steffawn Spriggs charged with first-degree murder, appeared in court without attorney

November 08, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A 23-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 17 shooting death of a Chambersburg teenager appeared before a judge Thursday for a preliminary hearing — without an attorney.

In addition to first-degree murder, Steffawn Spriggs also faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, and reckless endangerment.

Chambersburg police allege Spriggs shot and killed 18-year-old Calvin Warren James Beam. Officers found Beam in the rear parking lot of Chambersburg’s Franklin Fire Co., where he is believed to have run after being shot in The Salvation Army parking lot nearby.

A residence at 35 N. Franklin St. was struck by a bullet during the incident.

Spriggs, shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, sat at the courtroom’s defense table by himself Thursday afternoon. Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns asked where Spriggs’ attorney was.

“He ain’t ever come to see me,” Spriggs said. “I don’t know.”


Spriggs told the judge his family told him it had hired a private lawyer, so he dismissed his public defender. He said he believed the attorney’s first name is Joe.

“I’m not going to be in here without my lawyer,” said Spriggs, whom court records say lived in Chambersburg.

Manns said the preliminary hearing will be rescheduled, although a date was not set.

Franklin County (Pa.) Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove told the judge prosecutors are “frustrated and disappointed” by not being able to move forward with the preliminary hearing, although she said she understood the need for Spriggs to have an attorney present. She said three police officers and two other witnesses were prepared to testify during the hearing.

“You better be on the phone tomorrow to find out who your attorney is,” Manns told Spriggs.

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