- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A district judge has dismissed charges against an assistant public defender in Pittsburgh accused of lying to court staff about his client’s whereabouts days before the defendant shot himself.

Defense attorney Phil DiLucente says the allegations against 29-year-old Andrew Capone are an issue for legal discipline, not a crime.

Allegheny County sheriffs say Capone falsely told a county judge’s staff he hadn’t seen 44-year-old Jeffrey Derosky on Jan. 12 after Derosky didn’t show up for trial on child-sex charges.

Derosky’s girlfriend later told investigators she and Derosky met with Capone earlier that day, but deputies looking to arrest Derosky say Capone told the court he hadn’t seen Derosky since the previous Friday.

Derosky then shot himself in a motel Jan. 16.

Allegheny County Public Defender Elliot Howsie says Capone remains an “asset” in his office.

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