Steelers lineman Mike Adams never mentioned theft in police interview

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Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams didn't tell either of the first two officers who responded to his stabbing last year on the South Side that his attackers had a gun or that they wanted to steal his truck.

"There was no mention of a robbery or a gun whatsoever," Sgt. Stephen Matakovich said.

Officer Juan Terry told a jury on Friday that Mr. Adams did say one of the men threatened to shoot him, but never mentioned the word "gun," or said that he saw one.

Three men are charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy and related charges for the June 1 incident that occurred at 17th and East Carson streets about 3 a.m.

Dquay Means, 26, Jerrell Whitlock, 27, and Michael Paranay, 26, all of Hazelwood, went on trial Tuesday in the case.

It will continue on Monday before Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani.

Mr. Adams testified on Wednesday that the men threatened him with a gun, said they would shoot him and steal his truck. Then, one of them, Mr. Paranay, punched him in his face, while another, Mr. Whitlock, stabbed him, Mr. Adams told the jury.

But the defense has said that the incident was nothing more than a fight started when Mr. Adams, with a blood-alcohol content of .185, knocked Mr. Paranay's chicken shish kabobs from his hands.

On Friday, assistant district attorney Chris Stone told Judge Mariani that at the close of his case next week, he would like to have all three defendants stand next to each other in front of the jury box to show their size relative to each other.

"The perp walk Mr. Stone is asking to be displayed ... is tantamount to a line-up and prejudicial," objected Fred Rabner, who represents Mr. Means.

Randall McKinney, who represents Mr. Paranay, said there was no probative value to the request.

"The jury can understand height and weight in numbers," Mr. McKinney said. "It doesn't have to be physically demonstrated."

"It's incredibly suggestive," added William Difenderfer, who represents Mr. Whitlock.

But Mr. Stone said the purpose was "comparative perception of the three men."

He plans to show surveillance video of the suspects fleeing the scene, and allowing the jurors to see the physical build of the defendants, he said, would help them.

Judge Mariani said he was against having the three defendants stand together in front of the jury box, but that he would consider having each one stand individually at their counsel table.

He asked all the attorneys to find case law and present it Monday morning before he makes a decision.

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

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