Following two and a half days of deliberation, an Allegheny County jury acquitted our client of serious charges alleged against him including: robbery, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, and criminal solicitation of homicide.
The defense argued to the jury that the victim’s story didn’t add up. The video surveillance did not show physical force or aggressive behavior and further, shows that one of the accused robbers handed the victim back his ATM card and a receipt for the transaction. “Is that a robbery?” defense counsel asked the jury in closing arguments. “Does a robber hand you back what is supposed to be stolen from you along with a receipt that documents the transaction? I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, that doesn’t make sense. And when something doesn’t make sense, it’s usually because it’s not true.”