January 30, 2020
Michael Toles and Melissa Seaman.
Ah, the good ole “drug deal gone wrong.”
Nowadays, that term is pretty much just a code for “killed by black robbers.”
The coroner has identified the man killed in Sunday’s shooting following what investigators said was a drug deal gone wrong.
Devin Way, 26, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen. His death has been ruled as a homicide following an autopsy Tuesday.
Erie Police are still looking for two men and have charged two others in connection to the fatal shooting.
Michael J. Toles, 22, and his girlfriend Melissa A. Seaman, 19, face charges for homicide and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Both were arraigned Monday morning and taken to the Erie County Prison.
Police were called to Southgate Dr. and Usonia Ave. for a shooting just before 3 p.m. Sunday.
At the scene, officers found Way unresponsive laying in the snow covered street, according to the criminal complaint. He was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment but was pronounced dead from his injuries about 45 minutes later.
Seaman was taken into custody. Officers searched her and found a large bag containing suspected marijuana inside her pants near her groin, according to the criminal complaint.
Toles told police he, Seaman and two other men went to buy marijuana and rob Way, the alleged seller. Way got in the vehicle and produced two bags of marijuana, which were passed around for inspection, the criminal complaint said. A man who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle with Way and Toles took out a gun, and a struggle ensued, police said. Toles told investigators he and Way were both shot, and Way fell out the vehicle.