By Amy Wadas

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (KDKA) – The jury is now tasked with reaching a verdict in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting case.

Cheron Shelton is charged with killing five people and an unborn baby at a backyard barbecue in Wilkinsburg almost four years ago.

On Monday, day six of the trial, the prosecution and defense rested their case after the jury looked at several gruesome autopsy photos and the defense called Shelton’s mother to the stand.

The judge turned the case over to the jury just before 4 p.m. Monday. They soon after decided to go home for the day and came back Tuesday morning for a full day of deliberations. They were tasked with deciding whether Shelton was innocent or guilty of first degree murder or third degree murder.

KDKA’s Amy Wadas reports the jury had two questions: who does the prosecution allege held the .40 caliber and rifle and can they see copies of the T-mobile phone records and a highlighter.


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The judge told them to answer the first question through memory based on the evidence presented to them. Regarding the second question, the judge gave the jury the phone records and a highlighter.

Meanwhile, KDKA saw evidence that was shown in court throughout the trial.

A witness who testified during the trial says the gunshots that went off the night of March 9, 2016 during a backyard barbecue in Wilkinsburg sounded like “rapid gunfire” and his home surveillance system picked up the audio.

There was also a jailhouse video of Cheron Shelton. His dad came to visit him. There’s no audio in the video, but you can see Shelton making hand motions like he’s pulling a trigger and firing a gun and making a digging motion.

KDKA also has copies of the letters Shelton wrote to both his girlfriend Channel Falls and her father Adrian Falls while in jail.

In the letter to Adrian, Shelton says in part:

“Pops, I need you on some real (expletive). Round the corner at Bubbie’s house, I got something there that I was working on getting rid of. You don’t gotta to do nothing but open the door and guide my (expletive) to it. It’s downstairs next to the lawn mowers wrapped and ready to be tossed.”

The jury wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday. There’s still no sign of how close the jury is to a verdict.

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Shelton is the lone defendant in the case.