Venus Man Found Not Guilty of Murder in Erie County

| March 10, 2018

ERIE, Pa. (EYT) – A former Venango County resident has been found not guilty of homicide and other charges on Friday in Erie County.

According to a published article on, Devin Stevenson, formerly of Venus, was found not guilty of homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment by a jury. However, Stevenson was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver and carrying a firearm without a license.

The charges stemmed from a March 20, 2015 incident in which Stevenson shot two men during a botched drug deal.

According to police, Stevenson shot O’Shae Imes and Andrew Baker in the March 20, 2015 confrontation.

Stevenson maintained Imes and Baker tried to rob him. Imes wore a black mask and a hoodie and carried a pellet gun. Stevenson, thinking the gun was real, told the jury on Thursday that Imes pointed the pellet gun at him.

Remembering that night, Stevenson said, “I’m thinking he’s gonna actually shoot me now.”

According to Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri, the homicide charge was filed after his office received the autopsy results from Rochester, N.Y.

Stevenson was accused of fatally shooting Imes at an apartment in Edinboro.

Edinboro Police say Stevenson was there to sell drugs to Imes and Baker, who was also shot, according to a published article on

Stevenson was a second-year student at Edinboro at the time of the shooting incident. He was suspended after the incident and banned from the Edinboro campus.

Imes and Baker were also students at Edinboro University.

According to court documents, Stevenson posted bail on Friday and was released.

Baker, 22, of Wilmington, Del., was also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. His trial is scheduled for April 9.


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