Former Mayoral Candidate, Wife Held For Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson and his wife were in court Wednesday afternoon.
They are accused of making false reports to police, including more than 100 bogus 911 calls from their Sheraden home and cell phones.
KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson Reports:
An investigation by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and police found at least 120 calls made to emergency dispatch in the month of March.
Voices on the recordings are in both a woman’s and man’s voices.
In court, the couple stood side by side as a detective played some of those 911 calls.
On a March 26, a voice is heard telling dispatch, “My husband is hurting me pretty badly. He’s pushing me around.”
Police arrived at the Richardson’s house where there was no domestic. A detective identifies the voice as the Richardson’s 15-year-old son.
In a second call, there is only breathing heard. But police were still sent because it’s considered “unknown trouble.”
The court was also shown a video where an officer arrives, finds a huge dog on the Richardson’s porch and A.J. waiting with a video camera to record all exchanges with police.
Richardson and his wife were held for trial on all charges, except for one count against Felicia Richardson that was dropped.
Their teenaged sons are also charged.
UPDATE (April 24, 2014):
Authorities have now released some of the 911 calls that landed Richardson and his wife in hot water.
KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland Reports: