2nd man convicted in 2011 Pittsburgh-area slaying

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been convicted of second-degree murder a 2011 Pittsburgh-area slaying that police called a drug deal gone bad.

An Allegheny County judge also convicted 27-year-old Gary Smith of robbery, conspiracy, reckless endangering and a firearms count.

Smith and another man were charged in the October 2011 shooting death of 28-year-old Justice Charles in a Clairton home.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Judge Beth Lazzara said after the conclusion of testimony that the nonjury case hinged on the credibility of a witness.

She said in announcing her verdict Wednesday that she had decided that the testimony was supported by other evidence.

Smith’s co-defendant, 20-year-old Eugene McMiller, was convicted earlier of first-degree murder and sentenced in January to life in prison.

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