Lititz Man Held for Court on Lancaster City Killing in 2020

Ethan Anthony ChinEthan Anthony Chin (Submitted Image)

LANCASTER, PA — A Lititz man will face charges of criminal homicide and prohibited possession of a firearm in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas following a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon in the Lancaster County Courthouse before Magisterial District Judge Jodie E. Richardson, announced the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

The evidence presented at the hearing was sufficient to hold over the charges against Ethan Anthony Chin, 23 of East Church Street, regarding the killing of 23-year-old William Deliz in the 500 block of East End Avenue in Lancaster city shortly after 1 a.m. on September 2, 2020.

Lancaster City Bureau of Police Detective Ryan Burgett filed charges on April 29, 2022, after over a year of investigation including interviews, gathering and analyzing evidence, and reviewing video footage.

First Deputy District Attorney Travis Anderson presented testimony from a witness that drove the car Chin was a passenger in before and after the shooting and Detective Burgett.

The first witness testified he was driving a blue Ford F-150 with Chin, who he identified in court, and another man through the 500 block of East End Street before turning onto South Ann Street and parking in a lot near East King Street.

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The witness further testified that Chin then got out of the car and heard “a full clips worth” of shots nearby less than five minutes from when Chin left the vehicle.

The witness then said the other man put a gun to his head and told him to go pick up Chin, who possessed a handgun and said, “I hit him, I know I hit him.”

Detective Burgett testified that he responded to the scene of the shooting and found several shell casings, a pool of blood, and bullet holes in structures in the area.

Burgett also obtained video footage from two homes in the area and a Lancaster Safety Coalition camera at the intersection of South Ann and East End Streets of which he created a compilation that was shown during the proceeding.

According to the evidence and testimony, the victim and two other men were standing outside a home on the 500 block of East End Street. One of the men took notice of the blue Ford F-150 drive by. Moments later, video showed that same man appearing to be speaking with someone before something causes him to duck for cover. Debris can be seen floating in the video footage immediately after. Another video picked up the sound of the gunshots and showed the blue Ford F-150 driving down East End Avenue again. The victim and two other men can be seen leaving the porch toward a car.

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The victim was transported to Lancaster General Hospital by the other two men; the victim passed away three days later. An autopsy showed gunshot wounds to the abdomen, back, and leg. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office ruled the victim’s cause of death as gunshot wound and manner as homicide.

Defense asked for first-degree murder to be dismissed and the defendant held on third-degree murder charges arguing an ulterior incident may have been going on between the defendant’s party and the victim’s party.

First Deputy DA Anderson argued that the witness said he dropped the defendant off, gunshots were heard shortly thereafter, the victim was struck in a vital part of the body, and when the witness next sees the defendant, he has a gun in his hand and says he hit his target, which is enough to make out a prima facie case of first-degree murder.

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Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Blazier assisted in the proceedings.

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