PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – The defense attorney for a Pittsburgh man accused of robbing and killing his neighbors – two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker – says he’s the victim of a “sloppy investigation” and a rush to judgment.
That’s how public defender Lisa Middleman summed up the case against 45-year-old Allen Wade.
In February of 2014, Susan and Sarah Wolfe were found murdered at the home on Chislett Street in East Liberty. Susan Wolfe was brutally beaten and shot in the back of the head. Sarah Wolfe was shot in the back of the head when she came home from work.
Police say someone tried to remove blood stains with bleach and detergent. The prosecution claims Wade made a number of mistakes. His picture is seen on a number of video surveillance cameras in East Liberty, including the camera at a citizens bank ATM where he allegedly withdrew $600 from Sarah Wolfe’s account.
Some surveillance cameras caught him wearing the same clothes that authorities say contain DNA samples. The Assistant District Attorney says Wade’s DNA was found under Susan Wolfe’s fingernails .
Also, Susan Wolfe’s DNA was found on Wade’s sweatpants and sock.
Police say when they first questioned Wade he told them quote “You’ll never find my DNA in that house.”
But Wade’s attorney told the jury the Assistant District Attorney’s opening statements are not evidence and the DNA results are inconclusive.
The defense attorney also cast doubt on Sarah Wolfe’s boyfriend, questioning his whereabouts at the time of the murders. Wades attorneys had previously critiqued police of rushing to judgement to find a suspect.
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