PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An 18th birthday party was interrupted by gunfire that left three people dead in McKeesport last June.

Now, the two men accused in the shooting are on trial.

However, the suspects’ attorneys said police arrested the wrong guys.

Testimony began Monday for two men accused of killing three people at the Crawford Village apartment complex in McKeesport on June, 15, 2010.

Isaiah Hereford, 18, and Deanthony Kirk, 20, are charged with killing Jahard Poindexter, 30, and Tre Madden, 17, both of McKeesport, and Angela Sanders, 23, of Wilkinsburg.

“We’re looking for closure. Both sides of families are hurting, even the victim’s families. We just want some closure on it. We want justice out of it also because it was a senseless killing,” Poindexter’s father, Monroe Sanders, said.

The packed courtroom listened to graphic details of the multiple gunshot wounds sustained by Poindexter and Sanders.

One female juror was visibly affected while looking at the blood-stained t-shirt Poindexter was wearing at the time of the shooting.

“I went into tears when they showed photographs of this. I thought the last time I was going to see my son was when we laid him to rest,” Sanders said.

Testimony is expected to last through the end of the week and it’s not clear if either of the suspects will take the stand in their own defense.


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