- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A district attorney has suspended a deputy prosecutor with pay after a judge ruled the deputy purposely withheld evidence that could have helped a western Pennsylvania pizza driver robbery.

Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/1CDEnru ) that he was “looking into” Deputy District Attorney Joseph Zupancic’s future, but otherwise declined comment on the “personnel matter.”

A county judge ruled last week that Zupancic purposely didn’t give a defense attorney a letter that might have helped exonerate 24-year-old Shayne Coffield.

Coffield was supposed to stand trial Sept. 9 for a pizza delivery heist, but his attorney, Amanda Como, instead asked the judge to dismiss the case after learning a co-defendant had written a jailhouse letter saying Coffield wasn’t involved. Zupancic testified at a hearing last week that he “forgot” about the letter.


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