- 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 (https://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.


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



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