PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — All three defendants in the Steelers’ offensive tackle Mike Adams stabbing case were ordered to stand trial, but defense attorneys say his credibility could be at issue once the case gets to trial.
Adams came to city court, but was kept at a distance from cameras and reporters.
He testified that while standing near his vehicle on the South Side last month, Dquay Means approached him and said, “What’s up? Is that your car? Give it up,” and then showed a gun.
He testified that eventually Michael Paranay jumped up and down on the rail of his vehicle, then punched him in the face, and right after that Jerrell Whitlock stabbed him, lacerating his colon.
Adams quotes Whitlock, who eventually was arrested in Florida, as saying, “Let me kill him.”
After the hearing, Bill Difenderfer, Whitlock’s attorney, was asked, “Do you believe that’s the case?”
“No,” said Difenderfer. “I mean we’re getting a much different version. I’m not going to try here in the press, this is what A said and this is what B said.”
But the defense did ask questions of Adams implying that the defendants may have been eating food, food that was knocked over during a confrontation Adams started.
“The story Mr. Adams told today is inaccurate,” said Paranay’s attorney Randall McKinney. “He actually did instigate this incident.”
Reporters: “How so?”
“I don’t want to get into the defense case today,” McKinney replied.
When Paranay was arrested in June, KDKA-TV’s Christine D’Antonio asked him about the encounter.
“What did you think? Why were you targeting somebody who was that large?” she asked.
“He’s a bully,” replied Paranay at the time.
When McKinney was asked today whether that implied Adams started the confrontation, McKinney replied, “That’s a fair assumption to make.”
Prosecutors added a charge of flight to avoid apprehension against Whitlock.