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Branch Seeking Reduced Bail on Burglary Charge

Lamour Branch is currently being held on $25K bail in Schuylkill County Prison.

The man who a witness says is the shooter in the New Philadelphia double homicide case is seeking a reduction in bail on charges he’s facing in another case.

According to court records, a bail reduction hearing for Lamour Branch was moved on Monday from Nov. 3 until Nov. 9 before Court of Common Pleas Judge D. Michael Stine. An initial motion to reduce the $25,000 percentage bail imposed on him on Oct. 11 was made last week. 

Branch was arrested on the 11th in Luzerne County after a police investigation into the apparent double homicide in New Philadelphia revealed his potential involvement.

One witness identified Branch as the man who shot Hunter Mock, 18, of New Philadelphia, earlier this month. A second victim, 16-year-old, Angelito Caraballo, was also found dead at a wooded location known locally as “The Sanchez” just outside New Philadelphia. 

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The State Police investigation into the New Philadelphia incident led them to Branch, who they learned was believed to be at a property his deceased mother owned near Mountain Top. 

Branch was wanted on a warrant related to a suspected burglary in Cressona. He was apprehened and arraigned on that burglary and other related charges by District Magistrate James Reiley, who ordered him remanded to Schuylkill County Prison on $25,000 bail. He’s been in prison since that arraignment.

No charges have been filed in the New Philadelphia homicides case as police continue their investigation. 

Branch is currently being represented by a Public Defender.


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