PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has refused to change the venue of a trial for a man accused of killing a suburban Pittsburgh police officer after his attorney argued prosecutors tainted the jury pool by announcing the victims’ families had rejected his offer to plead guilty.
Ronald Robinson’s attorney says his client’s death penalty murder trial should be moved out of Allegheny County because prosecutors released a statement during jury selection last week.
The district attorney’s office said the victims’ families had rejected Robinson’s offer to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw and another man in December 2009, and get life in prison instead of the death penalty.
Nine jurors have been selected. That process will continue Monday.
The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.