- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - For the second time, jurors have been unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a man charged in a double homicide at a western Pennsylvania housing complex.

The Allegheny County panel began deliberations Friday in the retrial of 21-year-old Richard Krista of Homestead, but reported they were deadlocked and a mistrial was declared Thursday.

Krista’s first trial in October before a different panel also ended in a hung jury.

Authorities allege that Krista killed 21-year-old Cory Ruder and 19-year-old Joseph Sherrill at the Mon View Heights housing complex in West Mifflin in May 2012.

Prosecutors said witnesses immediately identified Krista as the shooter, but defense attorney James Wymard cited a lack of physical evidence and said darkness, poor lighting, distance and foliage cast doubt on the identifications.


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