Tattoos prompt delay of trial in armored-car heist

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The attorney representing a man accused of killing a fellow armored-car guard was granted a postponement to, among other things, have a psychological evaluation done on his client regarding tattoos he got in jail.

Kenneth Konias is accused in the Feb. 28, 2012, shooting death of Michael Haines. Police say Mr. Konias then fled with $2.3 million to Florida, where he was arrested 55 days later.

His trial is now scheduled to begin with jury selection Nov. 6. Previously, the trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman was to begin Sept. 3.

Defense attorney Charles LoPresti last week asked for a delay. In the filings, the attorney said he had been continuing to receive discovery from the prosecution through the first week in August that required additional preparation.

"It is without question that combined with a consultation with a number of experts and spending time at the Allegheny County Jail, additional time is required in order to [ensure] this is a competent, effective or constitutionally required manner in preparation for trial."

Mr. LoPresti also wrote that Pittsburgh police last month obtained a warrant to take photographs of tattoos of money bags and money signs on his client's knuckles that he has received since being incarcerated.

The attorney said there was a "violent struggle" with police when they took the photographs. He said Mr. Konias "has exhibited certain mental abnormalities that cause defense counsel grave concern with regard to the defendant's mental state."

It wasn't clear how Mr. Konias obtained the tattoos while he was in jail.

Mr. LoPresti asked for a forensic psychological evaluation to "explain the reason for said tattoo disfigurement and other behavior while in lockdown," noting that Mr. Konias has also shaved his head and gained weight since his incarceration.

The attorney asked Judge Cashman to pay for the evaluation, saying that he is being paid by his client's parents but Mr. Konias is now indigent.


Paula Reed Ward:, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter @PaulaReedWard.


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