Armored car murder suspect’s trial set to open

Armored car murder suspect’s trial set to open

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Opening statements were expected in the trial of a former armored car guard charged with killing his work partner and stealing $2.3 million in a Pittsburgh heist last year.

The trial for 24-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but was bumped up to today after Konias decided he wanted a judge, not a jury, to decide his fate.

The Dravosburg man was arrested in Florida about two months after the Feb. 28, 2012, heist.

Prosecutors contend Konias fatally shot partner Michael Haines before stealing money from their Garda Cash Logistics vehicle, and is guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence.

But Konias has insisted he argued with Haines and shot him in self-defense before taking off with the money. Prosecutors say physical evidence makes that implausible.

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