Jury mulls decade-old murder case in retrial of man

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A jury must now decide the fate of a man on trial again in the murder of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a vacant Pittsburgh house more than a decade ago.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Molina is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Melissa Snodgrass, who was last seen in September 2003. Workmen found her mummified remains and those of her family’s dog in March 2004.

Molina was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 40 years but won a new trial based on a prosecutor’s remarks.

Defense attorney Thomas Farrell attacked the credibility of prosecution witnesses Tuesday, calling his client a “fall guy.” The prosecutor said the defense was contending that one witness lied about some things but told the truth about others.

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