By Amy Wadas

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The formal arraignment for East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld took place Wednesday. Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II.

Rosfeld’s attorney, Pat Tomassey, didn’t appear for the formal arraignment. Rosfeld also wasn’t there. However, a paralegal from Tomassey’s office showed up. He said the next step in the process is a pre-trial conference and that is when a trial date will be set.

Some of Rose’s family members waited outside the courthouse during the hearing.

(Photo Courtesy: Allegheny County Jail)

“I’m going to be here and I don’t care who don’t like it until this man is in jail,” said Carmen Ashley.

Ashley won’t stop fighting for her nephew Antwon Rose II.

“Why is this man home? Why is this man able to sit at his dinner table and eat? Why is this man able to sit on his front porch and enjoy life right now?” said Ashley.

Ashley stood outside the Allegheny County Courthouse while Wednesday’s formal arraignment took place. The paralegal that appeared for the formal arraignment brought in a waiver signed by Thomassey. Rosfeld wasn’t required to appear.

“It’s just a smack in our face and the more they keep doing, which is nothing, that’s not justice. That’s not fair to our family,” said Ashley.

When the pre-trial conference is held, the paralegal told KDKA that both the defense and commonwealth will be there and Rosfeld will likely be there, unless his attorney decides otherwise.

While the legal process continues to move forward, the pain the Rose family is enduring has yet to get any easier.

“Nothing has healed. It still hurts. We are still mourning, we’re still upset. We will be,” said Ashley.

Rosfeld’s pre-trial conference is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. in Judge Anthony Mariani’s courtroom.

Last month, Rosfeld waived his preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, Rosfeld shot Rose during a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh in June

Rose was shot three times as he ran away from the vehicle. The vehicle Rose was in matched the description of a car spotted leaving the scene of a drive-by shooting minutes earlier in North Braddock.

Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide about a week after the incident and has been on house arrest since.


Last month, protesters asked District Attorney Stephen Zappala to remove Judge Jeffrey Manning from the case after Manning allowed Rosfeld to be released on house arrest.

On Aug. 2, Rose’s family announced they were filing a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit against East Pittsburgh, the mayor, the police chief and Rosfeld.

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