Konias asks for trial by judge in Pittsburgh armored-car killing case

Two days into jury selection in the shooting death of an armored truck driver, the defendant decided to have his case tried by a judge.

Kenneth Konias, 23, is charged in the Feb. 28, 2012, shooting death of Michael Haines, with whom he worked.

According to police, Mr. Konias stole $2.3 million from the armored truck and fled to Florida, where he was arrested nearly two months later.

The case was slated to begin in front of Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman on Tuesday. It is now scheduled to begin Friday.

After Mr. Konias was arrested in Florida, investigators said he told them that he and Haines, who was not his regular partner, had work-related tiffs.

The day of the shooting, Mr. Konias was the driver and Haines was the "hopper" who collected money from the various business stops.

Mr. Konias told the FBI that he and Haines had a fight outside the Home Depot in Ross. Mr. Konias said he stopped the truck abruptly, there were some words exchanged, and Mr. Haines came at him.

Mr. Konias said the two men grappled and fell to the floor of the truck, and that Haines then pointed his gun, but Mr. Konias kicked it away.

The defendant said he pulled his own gun and shot Haines in the back of the head.

The truck was found later that day parked beneath the 31st Street Bridge in the Strip District.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette or 412-263-2620

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