Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CITY/SOUTH/WEST [Derived Headline]

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DA to seek death penalty in 2 East Hills killings

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office on Thursday said it will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a woman and her grandmother earlier this year.

Cesar Mazza, 25, is charged with two counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of Tionna Banks, 19, and her grandmother, Valorie Crumpton, 72. Their bodies, which had been stabbed and bludgeoned, were found in an East Hills home on May 7.

The prosecution has outlined four aggravating factors in the case, including that the victim was a prosecution witness who was killed to prevent her testimony; that the defendant has previously been convicted of another felony for which a life sentence is possible; that the defendant has been convicted of another murder committed before or at the same time as the current offense; and that the defendant was subject to a court order prohibiting contact with the victim.

Ms. Banks, who had a child with Mr. Mazza, had obtained a protection-from-abuse order against him.


Mobile home fire kills Fayette County couple

A Fayette County couple died Thursday in a mobile home fire in Georges, county emergency officials said.

Charles Dillow, 45, and Patty Hardin, 53, both of Smithfield, were killed in the fire reported shortly after 3:30 a.m. at 46 Rose Circle in the Strickland Estates trailer park, according to the county coroner's office.

The coroner's office said the mobile home that burned belonged to Mr. Dillow, and that he and Ms. Hardin were dating.

Their bodies were discovered in the trailer's back bedroom. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors called 911 when they saw the trailer on fire. Emergency crews from Smithfield and Fairchance responded.

No other injuries were reported. The state police fire marshal is investigating. …

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