89-year-old man accused in Homestead killing released to electronic monitoring

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An 89-year-old Homestead man accused of killing a contractor last month will be released to home electronic monitoring.

William Welsh had been held without bond following the July 26 shooting death of William Menni, 58, of McKees Rocks.

Frank Walker, who represents Mr. Welsh, has said his client fired the gun in self-defense. He claims Mr. Menni threatened Mr. Welsh as well as his client's family several times.

Mr. Welsh, who cared for a property on East 10th Avenue said Mr. Menni was recommended to him to do demolition work, and agreed that he would be paid in installments.

Mr. Menni was unhappy over the arrangement, Mr. Welsh told investigators, and began threatening him.

On the day of the shooting, the men had a confrontation. Mr. Walker has said his client tried to leave three times, but Mr. Menni would not allow it.

At a bond hearing today before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara, Mr. Walker asked that, based on his client's age, he be released.

The district attorney's office did not object but asked that various conditions be met.

The judge ordered Mr. Welsh released to home electronic monitoring. He must surrender all weapons and have no contact with Mr. Menni's family.

He may only leave his home for medical appointments, religious services or for visits with his attorney.

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


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