- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case Monday in the western Pennsylvania trial of a man charged with robbing and killing two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker two years ago.

Allegheny County authorities allege that Allen Wade, 45, killed Sarah Wolfe after she returned home to find Susan Wolfe already slain in February 2014. Both were found shot in the head and badly beaten.

Sarah was a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Susan an aide at a private school. They were sisters of Democratic Iowa state Rep. Mary Wolfe.

Defense attorneys call their client a victim of a “sloppy investigation” and a rush to judgment, saying investigators ignored evidence that pointed elsewhere.

Detective Robert Provident testified Friday that a police search of Wade’s East Liberty apartment 12 days after the slayings turned up nothing associated with the sisters.

“We went through everything … every bag, every piece of clothing, every pocket, every shoe,” Provident said. “We looked in the toaster and under the refrigerator.”

Detectives were looking for red and black hoodies and white sneakers seen in the security videos that police used to link Wade to a figure using the sisters’ bank cards at an ATM and buying cigarettes at a nearby gas station. They were also looking for any clothing stained by bleach, detergent or cleaner, which detectives said had been splashed over the bodies and basement.

Provident said he found a dark gray, hoodless sweatshirt, a bottle of bleach and an empty pack of cigarettes of the same brand purchased at the gas station. Defense attorney Lisa Middleman noted that “99 percent of households in Pittsburgh have bleach.”

Detective James McGee said when Wade was interviewed, he told them he had never set foot in the victims’ house next door, “and we would never find his DNA or semen in that house. No one had mentioned DNA or semen in the interview up to that point, he said.

Wade also said he couldn’t remember what he had done on the day of the sisters’ deaths, saying he had hit his head during a fall on his porch the month before and suffered memory loss.

Prosecutors plan to conclude their case Monday with the resumed testimony from the head of a firm that analyzed DNA in the case.


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