Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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Police investigate shooting death of Kennedy man, 20

Police are searching for three suspects after a 20-year-old man was shot dead Monday night in Kennedy in what authorities called a drug deal gone bad.

Kennedy police Chief Anthony Bruni said officers responded to a man shot in the 5000 block of Julia Lane around 8 p.m.

Vincent Garofalo, a friend of the victim, told KDKA-TV that the victim was shot in his parents' home, where he lived. Police sources said one parent was home at the time of the incident.

Chief Bruni declined to say where the victim was shot and would not release his condition, but other police sources confirmed that the man died from the gunshot wound.

Details about the suspects were not released.

"The kid is 20, and his life is gone for no reason," Mr. Garofalo said.

"This is a nice neighborhood, a typical suburban middle-class neighborhood," the chief said. "This is the last thing anyone would expect to happen."


Munchinski case goes to federal appeals court

The 1977 Bear Rocks murders will get another airing in court -- this time a federal appeals court -- on June 27, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced late Friday.

David Munchinski, 59, formerly of Latrobe but now living near Tampa, was freed from prison last year, after 25 years, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan. She found that evidence was suppressed at the 1986 trial in which he was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder in the deaths of James Alford and Raymond Gierke in Bear Rocks, Bullskin, Fayette County.

Fayette County could retry Mr. Munchinski, but key witness Richard Bowen, a burglar and forger, is dead.

The state attorney general's office has appealed the judge's decision in hopes of restoring the initial verdict, saying that Mr. Munchinski didn't meet federal habeas corpus standards and Judge Lenihan erred in revoking the verdict against him.

Argument will be held in the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia before circuit judges D. Brooks Smith and Kent A. Jordan, and Senior District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of New York.

The Innocence Institute of Point Park University wrote a 2002 series on the prosecutorial irregularities that ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. …

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