- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will no longer seek the death penalty against a western Pennsylvania man convicted in one man’s killing and accused of killing two others.

Twenty-one-year-old Theodore Smedley is already serving between 20 to 40 years in prison for the March 28, 2014 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Rasheed Strader.

The Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, conspiracy and firearms charges in connection with Strader’s slaying.

Smedley is awaiting trial on charges that he fatally shot 36-year-old Jamarow Trowery and 18-year-old Rashad Freeman on March 25, 2014. Both men were found inside a Cadillac Escalade that had crashed.

County prosecutors initially expressed their intention to seek the death penalty against Smedley for the murders despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium on capital punishment.


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