- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been acquitted of homicide in a shooting death outside a building established as a safe haven for children.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2kyIEbX ) reports that Allegheny County jurors deliberated for more than a day before acquitting 26-year-old Tariq Long on Tuesday.

Prosecutors had alleged that the Wilkinsburg man targeted 38-year-old Jeffrey Jackson in May 2014 because he believed the victim was cooperating with police in a case against Long’s girlfriend. He was shot outside a building where a local artist encouraged children to express themselves through art in hopes of revitalizing the crime-ridden Homewood neighborhood.

Prosecutors cited DNA evidence, but on the stand a prosecution witness recanted previous statements.

In a nonjury proceeding, Long was convicted of illegal possession of the firearm in the case.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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