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D.A. At Odds With Mayor’s Office Over Double Homicide Investigation

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Long before suspect Allen Wade was arrested and charged with the murders of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, we all knew about surveillance video, DNA and a timeline created by the alarm system at the victims’ home.

“I don’t know how you guys got the information on the Wolfe… on this investigation. I mean, there was entirely too much information put out,” said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.

Zappala fears all that information may make it harder to prosecute Wade.

He’s blaming Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, claiming he didn’t have this problem with former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

“I don’t see the same type of chain of command in place at this point with this mayor’s administration,” said Zappala.

KDKA caught up with Mayor Peduto on the South Side. He was perplexed by Zappala’s claims.

“This is something that occurs on some investigations,” said Mayor Peduto. “At this point, I’m really not sure what it is that he is referring to or what information could have gotten out from our side.”

But Zappala claims precise information about how investigators traced Wade’s path through East Liberty and captured him on surveillance cameras could make the prosecution more difficult.

“We made the defendant and his attorney a lot smarter than they may ultimately have been,” said Zappala. “We’re not out to help them try their case. We’re out to accomplish justice.”

“If there was a leak, I’d like to know directly from him, and we would do our own investigation internally,” said Mayor Peduto. “I have not heard anything from our public safety director or from any of the brass of the police of any leak from our side.”

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