- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - A trial ended for a western Pennsylvania man charged with his alleged part in the drug-related killing on a walking trail last year when the prosecutor accepted the defendant’s offer to plead guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree murder.

The Indiana Gazette (http://bit.ly/10nMNGd ) reports 24-year-old Christopher Salsgiver, of Glen Campbell, faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 20.

Salsgiver’s co-defendant, Gregory Patterson, was convicted in May of second-degree murder and is serving life in prison in the June 2013 death of 46-year-old James Alexander.

District Attorney Patrick Dougherty agreed to let Salsgiver plead guilty to the lesser charge after a witness who testified against Patterson changed his testimony at Salsgiver’s trial about clothing Patterson wore that night. Dougherty was concerned the discrepancy might make it harder to convict Salsgiver.

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Information from: The Indiana Gazette, http://www.indianagazette.com

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