Carrick man found not guilty in fatal shooting

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A man charged five years ago with killing another in McKeesport was found not guilty today.

Robert Pace, 25, of Carrick, went on trial for a second time in the case earlier this month before Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman.

Mr. Pace first went on trial in October 2013 and was found not guilty of first- and third-degree murder, as well as for possession of a firearm. However, the jury could not decide on charges of second-degree murder, robbery and burglary.

Defense attorney Ralph Karsh filed a motion claiming a retrial would violate his client's double jeopardy rights, but it was denied by Judge Cashman.

This morning, after deliberating for only a few hours on Tuesday, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the remaining counts, including second-degree murder.

Mr. Pace has been incarcerated since his arrest in the April 12, 2009, shooting death of Cecil "Paco" Potter, 34.

Mr. Potter was killed during an apparent drug robbery at his Abraham Street home.


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