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Johnstown High Schooler Death Case

A Johnstown-area man accused of shooting and killing a local high schooler on New Year’s Day will soon head to trial.

On Wednesday, a preliminary hearing was held for 21-year-old Qwante Rose, who was charged in September in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jaydin Sanderson.

Sanderson was found inside her car in the middle of Wood Street, in the Hornerstown section of the city, on New Year’s Day.

According to the affidavit, Rose and Sanderson were reportedly in a relationship together and had attended a New Year’s Eve party just hours before her death.

Police say Rose was charged after a witness told investigators that he had allegedly confessed to shooting Sanderson in the back of the head, a detail that police say was never released to the public.

According to the affidavit, investigators say Rose reportedly told a witness that he shot Sanderson because he believed that she was “trying to set him up” or was “running around on him.”

Following Wednesday’s hearing, all of Rose’s charges, which include criminal homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, were bound over for court.

“The Commonwealth is pleased with the outcome of today’s proceeding. We look forward to aggressively prosecuting this senseless act of violence and seeking justice for Jaydin and her family,” Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer said in a statement.

According to online court records, Rose’s next court date is scheduled for January 31st.

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