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Middletown, Highspire men arrested in Tuesday's fatal Harrisburg shooting

Posted 4/28/17

Two men — one from Middletown and one from Highspire — have been arrested and charged with the slaying of 22-year-old Kodi Flanagan in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 25.

Sidney N. Michaels, 22, …

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Middletown, Highspire men arrested in Tuesday's fatal Harrisburg shooting

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Two men — one from Middletown and one from Highspire — have been arrested and charged with the slaying of 22-year-old Kodi Flanagan in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 25.

Sidney N. Michaels, 22, of the first block of Willow Street in Middletown, was arrested in Derry Township just before noon on Friday, April 28, said Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer.

Dylan James Beard, 25, of Highspire, was taken into custody between 8 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, Baer said.

The Dauphin County coroner identified Flanagan as having a Middletown address. However, Baer said he believes that Flanagan was living in Harrisburg at the time of the shooting.

Michaels was in the process of being arraigned Friday afternoon and is being charged with criminal homicide, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, prohibited possession of a firearm, and carrying a firearm without being licensed.

Beard is charged with criminal homicide, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

A preliminary hearing for both will be held May 10 before District Judge Barbara W. Pianka. It is not clear whether there will be one hearing for both or whether they will be separate.

Both are being held without bail in Dauphin County Prison.

According to court records, Flanagan was shot at about 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the area of North Third and Muench streets.

He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

An eyewitness identified Beard and Michaels as being the people responsible for robbing and shooting Flanagan, according to court records filed by Harrisburg police. The witness watched as during the robbery Michaels used a handgun to shoot and kill Flanagan, according to court records.

Police later obtained cellphone records of text messages sent between the eyewitness and Beard before the robbery and shooting. The text messages show that Beard was planning to commit a robbery with a male friend who had a “toaster,” which is a street term for a firearm, according to court records.

According to the court records, Michaels was prohibited from carrying a firearm due to him being convicted of possession with intent to distribute drugs in Dauphin County in October 2015. Michaels did not possess a license to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania, police said.