PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman charged in the shooting death of her cousin in Upper Saint Clair is now out of jail, released just hours after she waived a preliminary hearing.
She had been at the Allegheny County Jail since she shot and killed her cousin…now released, she is going home with the parents of that cousin.
When Stephanie Munizza walked through the doors of the Allegheny County Jail with her attorney David Shrager, she was in tears, visibly shaken and physically shaking.
“She is pretty upset right now,” said Shrager. “Yeah, she is not going to be talking right now.”
During the early morning hours of Saturday Nov. 1, Munizza allegedly shot and killed her 27-year-old cousin, Joshua Poremski.
According to the criminal complaint, the two were talking about carrying a concealed firearm when Poremski handed her his gun, and according to witnesses, told her it was not loaded. She pointed the gun at him and it went off.
“I think we are all in agreement, it was not intentional, the question is whether it was a crime or not. My position is that there was no crime committed,” Shrager said. “It was simply an accident.”
A manager and waitress at a restaurant in Missouri, Munizza must now remain in the area and is required to wear an electronic monitor.
She will be staying at the home of her cousin’s parents in Upper Saint Clair where it all happened.
“They don’t want this case prosecuted. They have made that clear to the district attorney’s office and feel this is simply an accident,” said Shrager. “They are on her behalf. They are letting her stay in their home because they love her.”
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