A judge this afternoon denied a motion for a new trial by the man convicted of killing his armored truck partner two years ago.
Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman denied the motion following a brief hearing this morning in which Kenneth Konias appeared via video monitor.
His new defense attorney, Carrie Allman, argued that the prosecution’s evidence did not support a conviction on first-degree murder.
Judge Cashman found Konias guilty of the premeditated killing of Michael Haines and ordered him to life in prison without parole.
Haines was shot to death inside a Garda Cash Logistics armored truck on Feb. 28, 2012. His body was found inside the truck hours later as it was parked under a bridge in the Strip District. Konias fled and was arrested in Florida about two months later.
Ms. Allman said the evidence presented by assistant district attorney Robert Schupansky was more consistent with self-defense, or a lesser degree of homicide.
“Mr. Konias had no bags packed, no plane tickets and no plan for an escape,” Ms. Allman wrote in her motion. “This evidence also demonstrates a lack of premeditation.”
She noted that Konias went to several locations after the shooting, and that the court placed an emphasis on that in its verdict.
“However, those acts show disorganization and a lack of plan and preparation.”
But Mr. Schupansky disagreed.
“To say there was no plan doesn’t fit the evidence,” he said. “The evidence is overwhelming against Mr. Konias as to this being a first-degree murder conviction.”
Paula Reed Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2620. First Published May 2, 2014 10:50 AM