The trial for a Carrick man charged with killing another at a party in Arlington nearly two years ago began today in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Dana Johnson, 26, is charged with criminal homicide, robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.
His trial, before Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, is expected to continue through the week.
According to Pittsburgh police, Donald Russell, 23, of Bethel Park, was killed at the party on Sterling Street on Dec. 31, 2011, around 3:40 a.m.
Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Daniel Fitzsimmons told the jury that Russell was shot eight times with ammunition from an assault-style weapon, and another three times from a 9 mm handgun.
Mr. Fitzsimmons said it was Mr. Johnson who brandished the rifle, and several witnesses saw him take it out from under his coat.
Officers were already on their way to the house after a neighbor called to complain about a disturbance when the shots were fired.
Defense attorney Lisa Middleman said there is no physical evidence linking her client to the crime.