Poplawski’s Family In Court As Closing Arguments Are Presented

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The family of Richard Poplawski, the man accused in the deaths of three police officers, was in the courtroom Saturday as closing arguments were presented to the jury.

As they walked away from the Allegheny County Courthouse, Poplawski’s mother and great aunt did not want to talk about jury deliberations in his murder trial.

“I’m hoping that we can save his life,” said Poplawski’s great aunt.

Poplawski’s mother, Margaret, owns the Stanton Heights home where the shootings took place on April 4, 2009.

Pittsburgh attorney Robert Del Greco calls the case a textbook indefensible first-degree murder trial. He’s not surprised that it took six days for the trial to reach the deliberations phase.

“It didn’t surprise me that the defense really lacked witnesses in this matter, which I think tends to prove or validate the strength of the Commonwealth’s case,” said Del Greco.

The jury is now deciding if Poplawski should be found guilty or not guilty in the murders of Pittsburgh police officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II.

Although Del Greco doesn’t expect deliberations to last long, he admits that the panel has lots to consider

“There’s a lot of exhibits, over 500 exhibits, and they’re going to have to go through certain things, but this is not a who-dun-it,” Del Greco added. “So, their deliberations are going to be whether or not this is a willful, intentional and premeditated murder; and frankly, I don’t expect them to be out in an inordinate amount of time.”

If Poplawski is found guilty, the victim’s families will testify during the sentencing phase, which Del Greco says is like a new trial. He says victim impact statements are very important.

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  • Sara Sams

    This is a mother of a son who did the unthinkable. Maybe she did tell 911 her son had guns and maybe she didnt. One a person turns 18 their an adult the parent had no controll over their actions. She is upset with her son and the way Pittsburgh Police are treating her. Remember she is Human and not responable for her son. She feels terriable for what her son has done to the Familys of the Officers he Killed and her comunity. Its not the first time that Pittsburgh 9111 made a mistake on Police or Medic Calls. I doubt it is going to be the last either. Life or Death for Poplawski I dont care .Do the Crime Do the Time.. Just remember God is the Ultament Judge..

    • johnny69

      She doesn’t sound sorry, she is trying to put the blame on others. Saying that the police were not heroes and her son was not a coward tells you all you need to know. If my son did this I would be ashamed and be telling everyone that he did a cowardly thing. You say that she feels “terrible” for what her son has done, but her comments on TV do NOT convey that message, you would have to be stupid to watch what she says, her defiant demeanor and believe that is how she feels. From everything I have seen, sounds like she feels terrible that he is dragging her through the mud with him.

    • Hoss

      Over 20 grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors in a 7 line post. I think that may be a record.

  • critter

    God? u kidding me ? God?

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