Marlon Mullings was flown to Florida and from there to Philadelphia last week in the custody of U.S. marshals. Upon arrival in Philadelphia he was handed over to detectives investigating the murder of McConigley four years ago.
Mullings, who prosecutors allege was the shooter in a robbery that turned deadly, is due to appear at a preliminary hearing in court today.
Since his arrival in Philadelphia, Mullings has been held without bail at the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility.
“We’re prepared and ready to go,” the lead prosecutor in the case, Jude Conroy, said.
Conroy said that upon arrival in Philadelphia, Mullings had given a “complete confession” both in written and video form.
Three other men face charges in connection with the death of McConigley and prosecutors have consistently indicated a preference for a trial in which all four accused are tried together.
“Right now we’re real, real happy,” Conroy said.
A trial of the case is now expected to begin in December, more than a year after it was first scheduled.
Mullings, 25, was arrested by Jamaican police in May of last year but the extradition process proved to be far lengthier than the flying time from Kingston to Philadelphia.
The murder of McConigley sent shock waves through the Irish community in Philadelphia, a city with an especially large concentration of immigrants from Donegal and other northwestern counties.
McConigley, from Fannad, was gunned down on Oct. 22, 1999, as he chased a gang of four men who had robbed his business partner.
Though 15 months passed before the first arrests were made, the investigation never lapsed, even when it became the responsibility of the Philadelphia homicide division’s cold case squad. A car license plate turned out to be a critical clue that ultimately led to the arrest of three men, twins Marlon and Alan Pitter, and Cerrone Furman, the first of the three to be detained. He was arrested in January 2001.
All three men were charged with multiple counts, including murder. But the fourth man, Mullings, who investigators early on believed to be the actual shooter, continued to elude police up until his apprehension in Jamaica.
McConigley, who came to the U.S. in 1987, had established a stucco business with a partner, Sean Clinton. On the day of the murder, Clinton was confronted by the four men and robbed of $560 in payroll cash at the premises of the company he owned with McConigley, CMAC Construction Inc. on Daggett Street in West Philadelphia. Clinton was tied up but otherwise unharmed.
McConigley drove into the yard outside the office and spotted the robbers as they escaped. He pursued them in his car but at one point in the chase the gang turned on him and fired several shots through the windshield of McConigley’s car, fatally wounding him.