Second suspect in Phoenixville murder to face trial

Brian Corsey, 24, of Philadelphia
Brian Corsey, 24, of Philadelphia

PHOENIXVILLE >> The second of two suspects charged in the December shooting death of a 15-year-old boy will stand trial for the killing in Chester County Court.

Brian Corsey Jr., 24, of Philadelphia, faced a preliminary hearing on Wednesday related to charges involving the murder of 15-year-old Jayson Ortiz-Cameron on Dec. 27, 2017.

Corsey is facing charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license.

One witness, Detective Nicholas Natali with the Phoenixville Police Department, was called to testify Wednesday.

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Corsey was arrested in Clayton County, Georgia, in May following a reported standoff with a SWAT team and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Neither side offered closing arguments Wednesday and Corsey was held for trial on all charges.

Bail was denied and Corsey is scheduled for a formal arraignment in Chester County Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 9.

Chester County Detectives and Phoenixville Police launched an investigation after it was reported that one person had been shot at approximately 7:30 p.m. outside Dunkin Donuts, 218 Nutt Road, on Dec. 27.

Natali testified Wednesday that Cameron-Ortiz was not at the scene when he arrived but had been taken to Phoenixville Hospital.

Ortiz-Cameron was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital. The Chester County Coroner determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death, homicide.

Police conducted witness interviews and reviewed crime scene evidence, cell phone records and video surveillance following the incident, all of which Natali testified to during the hearing. Through an investigation, police learned that Ortiz-Cameron and one other victim agreed to meet with individuals later identified as Robert McCoy and Corsey to arrange a drug deal.

At one point during the meet up, the victim said, Ortiz-Cameron went to speak with Corsey and McCoy allegedly grabbed the second victim and told him, “You don’t want to go over there.”

At that time, the victim said he saw Corsey pull out a handgun. He then heard a shot and saw Ortiz-Cameron fall to the ground, according to court documents. Both men then got back into the vehicle and fled the parking lot toward Milligan Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police said video surveillance from the scene corroborates witness statements about the incident and that video shows what appears to be a black Ford sedan with distinctive wheels and a rear spoiler leaving the scene.

On Jan. 1, Pottstown Police located a vehicle matching that description on Warren and King streets. Investigators found a 2007 black four-door Ford Focus with a registration plate removed. Police say the vehicle had identical wheels to those seen in surveillance video from Dunkin Donuts as well as a dark plastic covering on the rear passenger side window that was described by a witness. The vehicle also had a stock spoiler on the trunk lid, police said. Police say the vehicle was registered to Corsey.