For Immediate Release
|August 30, 2013||Brad M. Fleming, Deputy U.S. Marshal (614) 469-5540|
|Marshals Task Force Arrests Pair Wanted For Ordering Murder|
Columbus, OH – U.S. Marshal Patrick Sedoti of the
Southern District of Ohio announces the arrest of Clarissa Clark, 19, and
Summer Kerley, 29, both of Pittsburgh. The pair was arrested early Thursday
evening by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) on
warrants issued by authorities in Pittsburgh. The two women face charges of
criminal solicitation of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and
terroristic threats all stemming from a March 2013 shooting in the Sheraden
neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Kerley is also charged with aggravated assault
In late March, Clark and Kerley were passengers on a ‘party bus’ in Southern Pittsburgh and became engaged in a verbal altercation with other passengers. It is alleged that Clark made several phone calls to arrange for two men, James Lawrence, 21 and Michael Lyons, 22, to assault the others involved in the fight. Eventually, Clark ordered the bus to pull over and Lawrence and Lyons emerged from a car with guns and began firing at the victim. Steven Lee, 21, of McKees Rocks, Pa. was killed.
After receiving a tip from the U.S. Marshals office in
Pittsburgh, Columbus based Marshals and Task Force officers from SOFAST
located both Clark and Kerley in a residence on Columbus’ east-side. The
women were arrested without incident and are currently the Franklin County
Corrections Center awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania for trial.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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