PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The third full day of deliberations in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting trial ended without a verdict.
Cheron Shelton is the lone defendant accused of killing five people and an unborn baby at a cookout in Wilkinsburg.READ MORE: North Hills Vs. Woodland Hills Football Game Canceled Due To COVID-19, WPIAL To Decide Forfeit Or No Contest Status
On Thursday, Cheron Shelton’s attorneys fired back to prosecutors regarding a witness they say was paid to fabricate information about Shelton.
Shelton’s attorney Randall McKinney said he didn’t know anything about that witness getting money until Wednesday and wants a mistrial or the death penalty taken off the table if Shelton is convicted.
The judge denied McKinney’s request to reconsider a mistrial or take the death penalty off the table if his client Cheron Shelton is found guilty of first degree murder.
In its response: The defense said the commonwealth never told them “Witness 1” was getting thousands of dollars during the Wilkinsburg case until the commonwealth responded yesterday.
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Mckinney said he wasn’t notified that “Witness 1”, who’s now been publicly identified as Kendall Mikell, was sent money until recently.
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McKinney said if he had known about the money for witness protection, he would have asked to look at receipts for proof that it was spent properly. McKinney said prosecutors claiming the money was used for witness protection is ludacris.
Prosecutors said they’re offended the defense would even think that the money was used for anything else.
Kendall Mikell never testified in the trial.MORE NEWS: Gov. Tom Wolf: $24M In Funding Available To Address Gun Violence
The jury was dismissed Thursday afternoon. They will return at 9 a.m. Friday.