Man Convicted in Teen’s Murder

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.”

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s