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Philadelphia man found guilty of first-degree murder in 2017 Haverford shooting

Media, PA – Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, a guilty verdict was delivered Thursday evening, convicting Derrick Hershal Rollins, 25, of Philadelphia, of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault. The investigation was led by Detective Thomas J. Long of the Haverford Police Department and Detective Mike Jay of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID), with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michael Hill. Sentencing will take place on April 12, 2019.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 6:10 p.m., Haverford Township Police was dispatched to the 2300 block of Haverford Road in Haverford Township for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim later identified as John H, Le, was found unresponsive on his back with a gunshot wound to his chest and hand, lying in the vestibule at the entrance of the building on the 2300 block of Haverford Road. The victim was transported to Lankenau Hospital where he later was pronounced dead. An investigation into the homicide was immediately launched and the crime scene was processed. As the result of the investigation, along with witness testimony, it was confirmed that on the evening of July 29, 2017, Derrick Rollins shot and killed John Le and that a half-hour earlier that evening, Rollins had attempted to kill two men in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia, firing his weapon at them 17 times.

“We are extremely pleased to announce a guilty verdict in this case, which is the result of many hours of hard work by Haverford Township Police Department Detective Thomas Long, CID Detective Mike Jay, the Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Marshals, Samantha Bass counselor advocate of Crime Victim Services of Delaware County Women Against Rape, and Assistant District Attorney Michael Hill whose excellent prosecutorial skills resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Mr. Rollins now faces life in prison for ruthlessly gunning down the victim outside, leaving him for dead in the street,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we are satisfied with this conviction, we know that that this guilty verdict will not bring back the victim, John Le, or undo the emotional trauma this act of violence has caused to his family and the surrounding community. As a result of excellent teamwork, the defendant will finally face the consequences of his actions.”

DATE: March 14, 2019