PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has been convicted of first-degree murder and arson in the slaying of a teenage neighbor who police said was shot in the head and left inside her burning home.
Jurors in Allegheny County deliberated for less than two hours before convicting 18-year-old Akeem Page-Jones on all counts Wednesday in the March 2011 death of 17-year-old Teesa Williams.
The defendant testified Tuesday that a friend fired the fatal shot. Police said he told investigators at the time of his arrest that Williams died in a struggle over a gun he had.
Defense attorney Kevin Abramovitz said he thought overcoming his client’s initial statement was too difficult, and during his testimony he came off as “a confused 18-year-old kid who’s been incarcerated for the last two years.”
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