- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two western Pennsylvania men have been convicted of murder in a shooting death in Pittsburgh’s Hill District a year ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Keith Watson was convicted of first-degree murder and 26-year-old Maurice Palmer of third-degree murder in the June 2014 homicide of Frankie Trammell.

Watson was also convicted of a firearms count Monday in Allegheny County, and both Pittsburgh residents were acquitted of conspiracy following a non-jury trial last week.

Trammell was shot in the chest in the Bedford Dwellings housing complex.

Mike Manko of the district attorney’s office said this was the first homicide case to go to trial from the county’s indicting grand jury. That process allows charges to be secured by witness testimony in closed hearings rather than by the usual public testimony in a preliminary hearing.

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