Defense Calls For Mistrial In Mt. Lebanon Fatal Pedestrian Accident Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The defense called for a mistrial in the case of a man accused of hitting and killing a mother as she was pushing her two young children in a stroller in Mt. Lebanon.

On Wednesday, an officer testified that as he was explaining the severity of the injuries sustained by Lisa Styles, Benjamin Cope said, “My future is screwed.”

At that point, the defense asked for a mistrial stating that they were not prepared for testimony of that severity.

Judge Anthony Mariani denied the motion and said no information was deliberately withheld from the defense.

Styles’ two kids were in the courtroom on Wednesday. Their appearance was so the officer could identify the other two victims in the accident.

On June 28, 2010, Styles was out jogging with her two children in a stroller on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. Prosecutors claim Cope ran a stop sign at the intersection of Washington and Beadling Roads and hit Styles.

Cope was allegedly smoking marijuana the night before the accident.

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