A jury has convicted one of two men accused of having killed a couple six years ago while their young children were locked in another room, but the defendant won’t face the death penalty.
The Beaver County panel found Devon Shealey, 27, of Pittsburgh, guilty of second-degree murder late Wednesday afternoon in the slayings of Richard and Demetria Harper. They were found bound and shot in the basement of their Beaver Falls home in June 2008. Shealey is serving time at the State Correctional Institution Mahanoy in Frackville on drug charges.
Investigators said the couple’s two young girls saw two masked gunmen take their parents into the basement and then heard shots.
Robert Burgess, 37, is scheduled for trial in October in the case. Witnesses told police Burgess was angry because he believed Demetria Harper had kept some money he gave her for marijuana.