Prosecution Rests In Trial For Shooting Death Of 12-Year-Old Girl

By Harold Hayes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The non-jury trial continues for one of the men charged in the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl on the North Side.

Jolesa Barber was shot and killed in January 2008. She was at her sister’s house in Perry South when someone fired more than 40 rounds at the home.

Michael Gist, 18, pleaded guilty and will serve up to 60 years in prison. Anthony Wilson, his co-defendant, is now on trial.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday.

Gist took the stand as a defense witness and pleaded the Fifth on the most relevant questions.

Judge Jeffrey Manning issued an arrest warrant for a material witness the defense wants to call who did not appear in court.

  • Justice For All

    This poor child had to die as a result of drug dealing for which she had no involvement. Such a shame. Just goes to show when a child’s parents or relatives associate with drug dealers things like this can happen. Life without parole for all involved if you ask me.

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