Man held for court on charge he lied about accomplice in Sheraden killing

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A man who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder was held for court this morning on a perjury charge that Pittsburgh police filed after they said he lied about whether another man helped commit the crime.

Pernell Littleberry, 24, is serving a 15- to 30-year sentence at the State Correctional Institution Forest in Marienville, Forest County, in connection with the December 2008 shooting death of Charles F. Hall Jr., 29, in Sheraden.

When Littleberry pleaded guilty in 2011, Deputy District Attorney Mark Tranquilli outlined a scenario in which Littleberry and four other men -- including Marcus Upshaw, 30 -- conspired to rob Mr. Hall in Sheraden. Four of the five men -- including Littleberry and Upshaw -- burst into Mr. Hall's home with guns, according to Mr. Tranquilli's summary of events.

At the end of the summary, the judge asked Littleberry's attorney, Ralph Karsh, if he wanted to add or correct anything in Mr. Tranquilli's story and he did not, according to a complaint filed Tuesday.

Upshaw is serving a life sentence and has filed an appeal.

At a motions hearing earlier this year, Upshaw's attorney asked Littleberry if Upshaw was at the scene and Littleberry said, "No," according to the complaint.

Mr. Littleberry is scheduled to appear in court for a formal arraignment on the perjury charge on Oct. 15.

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