Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Neighbor Ordered to Trial in Slaying of E. Liberty Sisters

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Neighbor Ordered to Trial in Slaying of E. Liberty Sisters

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DNA found under the fingernails of one of two sisters slain in East Liberty is an almost certain match for the next-door neighbor arrested in their deaths, according to a report read in court today.

The chance that the DNA matches that of Allen Wade, a 43-year- old convicted felon, is 6.06 trillion times more likely than a coincidental match to another person of the same race, Dr. Mark Perlin, chief scientific officer of Cybergenetics, wrote in a report.

That report was read and numerous surveillance videos were shown during a two-hour preliminary hearing at which District Judge Scott Schricker ordered Wade to stand trial in the deaths of Sarah and Susan Wolfe, who lived next door to Wade on Chislett Street.

Pittsburgh homicide Detective Harry Lutton testified that police were called to the sisters' home about 1 p.m. Feb. 7 after the co- workers of Susan Wolfe, a 44-year-old teacher's aide at Hillel Academy in Squirrel Hill, called 911 because they were concerned that she had not gone to work.

The boyfriend of Sarah Wolfe, a 38-year-old psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, was standing outside. He told police that his girlfriend's co-workers had called because they were concerned that she had not gone to work, and he unlocked the door for officers, Detective Lutton said.

When they opened the door, they found blood spatter on a wall and paper tossed onto the floor as if it had been knocked over, he said. Blood was on the floor and on the steps leading to the basement, police said.

Detective Lutton testified that they found Sarah Wolfe lying fully clothed at the bottom of the steps, a blanket covering her head and what appeared to be a gunpowder burn on her left hand, which was bent up toward her head. Liquid laundry detergent had been poured over her.

"She has little dots that has actually changed the color of her clothing," Detective Lutton said.

Near the washer and dryer, police found Susan Wolfe completely naked with a single gunshot wound to the head and laundry detergent poured over her as well, the detective said.

A log kept by the company that ran the security system the women installed after a December break-in showed the front door opened and closed at 7:26 p. …

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