PHILADELPHIA – A man accused of shooting a 14-year-old bicyclist who wouldn't get out of his way on a South Philadelphia street was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on homicide and related counts.
Charles Meyers' lawyer has acknowledged that his client fired the shot that killed Tykeem Law. The attorney, Jeremy-Evan Alva, suggested during Wednesday's preliminary hearing that Law acted in a way that caused Meyers to feel threatened.
The proceeding, which included testimony from an off-duty police officer who saw the killing and two of Meyers' friends, had been rescheduled from July because Meyers was beaten up in a courthouse holding cell before his original preliminary hearing.
According to police, Law was bicycling with friends in South Philadelphia on July 14 when a motorist pulled up behind them and began honking for them to get out of the way.
Law's four friends moved over, but Law got off his bike and moved to the passenger side of the car, according to police. He was killed with a single shot to the chest, police said.
Law has been described as a well-mannered boy who had just finished seventh grade and was a member of his school's basketball team. Residents were stunned by the shooting, which occurred in daylight near two popular cheesesteak stands.