No Verdict In Clairton Police Shooting Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The jury went home without a verdict in the trial of two men accused of shooting a Clairton police officer.
Wednesday was the first full day of deliberations in the trial. Jurors must decide if they should convict Marcus Andrejco and Emilio Rivera in the home invasion that led to the shooting of Officer James Kuzak.
The jury must make a decision on 25 charges. As the day wore on, the jury came back to the courtroom of Judge Edward Borkowski twice. Both times they asked to hear tape recordings played during the trial.
The first time, the jury wanted to hear a tape recorded conversation of Marcus Andrejco and his feelings about the shooting of the officer.
“Send my condolences out to the fallen officer. I meant no harm. I was wrong. I deserve to be punished. I know. Just saying sorry you know. Lesson learned.”
The also asked to hear several different conversations. The longest was a recorded conversation involving Emilio Rivera with an informant.
“I opened the door and looked out and oh, Boom, Boom Boom! I told my bro man, ‘This is what we got to do to come up out of this.’ I did it man [expletive] that. I can’t go back to jail, you know what I’m saying?”
The jury has 150 pieces of evidence to evaluate as they go through deliberations.