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.