By: KDKA-TV News Staff
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (KDKA) — Opening statements will be held Thursday morning at the Beaver County Courthouse in the trial of Sheldon Jeter, following the completion of jury selection.READ MORE: Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Sheldon Jeter, Key Figure In Unsolved Rachael DelTondo Homicide
Twelve jurors and four alternates have now been seated to hear the case.
Jeter is charged in the shooting death of his close friend, Tyric Pugh, in Aliquippa in May of 2020.
12 JURORS AND 4 ALTERNATES have been seated in the the trial of Sheldon Jeter accused in the shooting death of Tyric Pugh. Opening statements are scheduled for tomorrow morning. #KDKA pic.twitter.com/frg9tIGUWv
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Pugh was found dead in the street in the spring of last year. Investigators say they have surveillance video of Jeter’s car pulling away from the scene. They say they later found what they believe to be the murder weapon under Jeter’s bed.READ MORE: Extra Security Expected As Sheldon Jeter, Accused Of Killing Tyric Pugh In Aliquippa, Heads To Trial
Earlier this week, Jeter’s attorney, Michael Santicola, said, “It’s going to a difficult case, there’s no doubt. Going to be a lot of witnesses. A lot of emotion. There’s a lot of evidence we have to challenge.”
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
Jeter has also been questioned in the death of his former girlfriend, Rachel DelTondo.
Evidence against him in that case was presented to a grand jury; however, Jeter has not been charged in her death.
Santicola maintains there is no connection between the two murders and maintains Jeter’s innocence in both.
“I do not think there is any relationship between this case and that other case whatsoever, other than the fact that Sheldon Jeter is involved in one and there’s multiple people involved in the other,” said Santicola.MORE NEWS: Sheldon Jeter, Key Figure In Unsolved 2018 Murder, Facing Homicide Charges In Aliquippa Shooting
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