DA drops charges against nephew of slain city woman

Charges against the nephew who involved his 55-year-old aunt, who later was shot and killed outside of his Brandon Avenue double home in 2015, were dropped in Lycoming County Court Wednesday.

Keith Freeman Jr., 33, was living at 421 Brandon Ave. when Knowledge Dante Frierson, 24, also of Williamsport, knocked on his door twice on the night of Oct. 13, 2015.

A known and admitted drug dealer who also held high-stakes poker games, Freeman was worried the man he didn’t recognize was there to rob him.

Freeman went upstairs, got a gun and called his aunt, Carolyn Barr, to pick his girlfriend up from work so he didn’t have to leave his kids home alone.

As he was walking Barr back to her car, Frierson jumped him and a shot was fired while the two fought in front of the house. Prosecutors during Frierson’s trial last November argued that it was the shot that killed Barr.

Freeman and Frierson then exchanged gunfire as they walked down opposite ends of Brandon Avenue.

Frierson was hit and crawled between two buildings where police later found him calling for help.

Freeman was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence, recklessly endangering another person and possession of heroin.

He testified at Frierson’s preliminary hearing and his three-day trial.

All charges against Freeman were dropped Wednesday due to his cooperation.

Frierson was convicted of third-degree homicide, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and three firearms charges and acquitted of attempted homicide, robbery and first- and second-degree homicide.

He was sentenced last week to serve 26 to 60 years in state prison.