A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, to attempted murder for his role in a shooting at a Bristol Township basketball park in March 2019.
Taariq Alfons Norris, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, persons not to possess a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of an instrument of crime. As part of the plea, the charge of person not to possess a firearm was amended to a felony of the first degree.
A jury trial before Common Pleas Judge C. Theodore Fritsch began on Friday, and there had been two days of testimony this week before Wednesday’s guilty plea.
“Deputy District Attorney Tom Gannon, Bristol Township Sgt. Michael Slaughter and Bucks County Detective Tim Campbell did an incredible job presenting this difficult case to the jury,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “I am convinced that case presentation against this defendant caused him to plead guilty midway through his trial. I want this to send a strong message to our community that we will fight to protect you even under the most challenging circumstances.”