PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Another day of deliberations in the trial of a man accused of killing two sisters who lived next door to him has ended.
Jurors were focused on a pen during deliberations on Friday.
The pen could link suspect Allen Wade to Sarah and Susan Wolfe. But jurors couldn’t see the pen until the defense and prosecution argued before the judge.
Surveillance video is believed to show the defendant inside a gas station. The same gas station where police found valuable evidence in the trash can.
Among the items were sweat pants with Wade’s DNA on them and a business card linked to the sisters with four digits written on the back. Digits that officials say could have been an ATM PIN number.
That same trash can is also where investigators found the pen that they say came from Iowa, the home state of the sisters.
The defense argued that jurors shouldn’t be able to test or write with the pen. The judge agreed. So, jurors were allowed to see it, but not use it.
Jurors also requested and got DNA evidence presented during the trial. There’s no indication if they are close to a verdict.
They were sent home for the weekend around 4 p.m. They’ll resume deliberations Monday morning.
One of the Allegheny County jurors had to be replaced Thursday after violating an unspecified rule in the jury room.
On Wednesday, the jury heard closing arguments about whether or not Wade killed the women, but Thursday’s deliberations were delayed for hours by the juror problem.
Wade is accused of shooting the Wolfe sisters after they returned from work on Feb. 6, 2014, apparently to steal a bank card.
Wade’s public defender claims police rushed to judgment to charge Wade because of the victims’ prominent sister, Democratic Iowa state Rep. Mary Wolfe.
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