An alleged accomplice in the recent Chestnuthill Township shootings that claimed two lives has been apprehended again, this time for failing to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania.
According to release from Pennsylvania State Police, Eric Deshawn Gulley, 41, of Allentown was taken into custody by the Allentown Police Department on Feb. 12 for failing to register as a sex offender, a third-degree felony violation of Megan’s Law.
Gulley was discovered to be in violation of the law during the investigation of the Dec. 7, 2019 Chestnuthill Township shooting that led to the death of Khalil Durante, 23, and Dylan Beinert, 22.
Police allege that Gulley hid the gun that Matthew Burke, 21, of East Stroudsburg used to kill the two men and critically injure Durante’s father, Walter.
According to police, Burke, along with Deani Powell, 20, of Easton, Zaire Unique Burkett, 20, of Whitehall Township, and Harrith Saleem Brown, 23, with past addresses in Fredericksburg, Virginia, arranged a deal to purchase marijuana from Beinert at his Silver Maple Road home in Chestnuthill Township on Dec. 4.
Powell entered the home and expressed interest in purchasing drugs from Beinert, and supposedly left to retrieve her wallet from her vehicle. Burke, Burkett and Brown then entered the home. A fight ensued with Beinert, and he was shot dead. Burke later told police that he also shot Durante during the fight, and that he was spitting up blood, but still alive.
The men proceeded to round up the remaining people in the house. By his own admission, Burke shot both Khalil and Walter Durante in their heads.
Khalil Durante died three days later.
Powell was arrested and charged with homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, having reportedly confessed to helping organize the robbery.
Burkett was apprehended and charged with criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, along with other charges.
Burke was later arrested and charged with criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, having reportedly confessed to shooting the two men.
Brown was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, robbery, and a slew of other offenses.
Gulley was ultimately charged with one second degree felony count of prohibited possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony count of hindering prosecution by concealing or destroying evidence, a second-degree misdemeanor count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and a second-degree misdemeanor count of conspiracy to tamper with or fabricate physical evidence.
Gulley was able to post $50,000 unsecured bail on the charges related to the Chestnuthill Township shooting, and is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Colleen Mancuso on Feb. 28.
During the original investigation, Trooper Justin M. Leri discovered that Gulley was an active sex offender out Essex County, New Jersey. However, he had been living in Allentown and working in Bethlehem without registering with the Pennsylvania State Police, as is required by Megan’s Law.
On Jan. 30, Pennsylvania State Police issue a warrant for Gulley’s arrest. He has since posted $25,000 in unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled with Magisterial District Judge Patrician M. Engler for Feb. 27.