HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) â A man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a slaying in a Pennsylvania church parking lot where authorities alleged he and the victim squared off after a high-speed chase stemming from a drug deal gone bad.
The (Altoona) Mirror reports that Blair County jurors also convicted 35-year-old John Stiver II on Friday of conspiracy, theft, aggravated assault, evidence-tampering and other counts. He faces a mandatory life prison term without possibility of parole when he is sentenced April 21.READ MORE: Neighbors Want Liquor Control Board To Take Action Against Bar In Carnegie
Police allege that 58-year-old David Hoover Jr. paid Stiver and another man for cocaine in July 2018 but didnât receive it. Authorities said he approached with a baseball bat toward Stiver, who was sitting in a car in the Altoona lot, and the defendant fired a shotgun through a window.READ MORE: 2 Allegheny County Lawmakers Introduce Plan To Allow Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In State
Defense attorney Kristen Anastasi argued that her client acted in self-defense. She said âThis was not a planâ and her clientâs only motive was âself-preservation. Period.â First Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks said the defendant could have driven out of the parking lot rather than use deadly force.
Anastasi said she was âprofoundly disappointedâ by the verdict and vowed an appeal.MORE NEWS: Allegheny County Council Approves Plan To Spent Nearly $100 Million From American Rescue Plan
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