Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Found Not Guilty in Case of Stabbed Steeler Lineman Claimed Attempted Robbery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

3 Found Not Guilty in Case of Stabbed Steeler Lineman Claimed Attempted Robbery

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The chicken or the truck?

That's what a jury of eight men and four women was left to consider in deliberating attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges stemming from the stabbing last year of Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams.

Was he stabbed, as the prosecution said, because the three defendants wanted to steal Mr. Adams' Ford pickup truck from the South Side about 3 a.m.?

Or was he stabbed, as the defense contended, because the 6-foot- 7-inch athlete knocked chicken shish kebabs out of the hands of one of the men, ultimately causing a fight?

It took the jury about five hours to pick a side: All three Hazelwood men were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Paranay, 26, was acquitted on all counts.

The jury found co-defendant Dquay Means, 26, guilty of one count of escape after he ran from detectives attempting to question him after the incident; and Jerrell Whitlock, 27, was found guilty of flight to avoid apprehension when he fled to Florida.

All three men have been in custody at the Allegheny County Jail since their arrests.

Mr. Paranay was set to be released late Wednesday or today, said his defense attorney, Randall McKinney.

"It's been a long, hard road," he said.

Attorneys for Mr. Means expect to ask for time-served for their client.

Mr. Adams was not present for the verdict and had not been in the courtroom since the day he testified last week. A representative for the Steelers said they had no comment.

The defendants were initially charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy and attempted robbery stemming from the incident June 1 at 17th and East Carson streets on the South Side.

Mr. Adams told police he had been sitting inside his truck eating a Jimmy John's sandwich just before 3 a.m., and when he exited, someone made a comment about his truck. …

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