Suspect arraigned in murder of Lincoln man at Providence auto body shop

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The man charged for murdering a Lincoln man at a Providence auto repair shop in April appeared before a judge Friday.

Phillip Manners, 41, also known as Phillip Manners Rojas, was ordered held without bail for unlawfully killing Joshua Costa with a firearm in the process of distributing a controlled substance.

The shooting happened inside an auto repair shop on Harris Avenue on April 16.

According to a police report, the shooting occurred during a drug deal.

The report says surveillance video shows Manners showing up at the auto repair shop in a white Lexus, exiting the vehicle, and getting into a blue Honda minivan. He then exits the minivan and walks into 405 Harris Avenue to meet with Costa.

Several minutes after being inside, Manners can be seen exiting and driving away in the Lexus he arrived in.

The witness said to police in a statement that Costa attempted to rob Manners, claiming Costa showed him the money he was going to buy cocaine with from Manners. When Manners entered, he was carrying two bags, one that he placed next to Costa’s bag on the trunk of a car in the shop.

The witness claims Costa then grabbed both bags, took out a firearm, and began shooting in his direction and the direction of Manners. Manners then took out a firearm and shot back, chasing Costa into an office area where he shot Costa several times, killing him.

Police issued a warrant for Manners’ arrest and he was later charged with unlawfully killing Costa with a firearm in the process of distributing a controlled substance.

Manners, a Superior Court violator, is being held without bail. His case will move to Superior Court.

Costa’s family was in court for Friday’s arraignment, overcome with emotion when Manners entered the courtroom.

“He’s a big loss to all of us,” said Yajaira Costa, Joshua’s wife. “He has four kids and I know they’re all suffering for this loss.”

Yajaira said she had never seen Manners before today but that he would frequent the auto repair shop. She said her family wants justice for Joshua’s death.

“Justice. I just want justice that’s it. We all want justice. All that’s going on in this city is ridiculous. I just want justice, that’s it.”

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