Trial postponed for Sheraden man accused in North Versailles killing
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The trial for a Sheraden man charged with killing a man at a North Versailles bar three years ago was delayed again today after the judge granted a postponement because key witnesses were on vacation.
Kevin Doolin, 46, was arrested in the March 19, 2009 shooting death of Albert Kolano at the Longview Lounge. This morning, Assistant District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini requested the postponement because certain witnesses, including a homicide detective, were on vacation.
Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani begrudgingly granted the request, saying that witnesses being on vacation "is not a good reason to postpone a homicide trial."
But he had no other option, he said.
The charges against Mr. Doolin were thrown out in June of 2010 after the Allegheny County District Attorney's office refused to grant immunity to a witness who said Mr. Doolin was innocent. That witness, who also worked as a confidential informant in a drug case involving the Pagans motorcycle club, refused to testify unless granted immunity.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court reinstated the charges about a month later.
But now, the witness whose testimony would bolster Mr. Doolin's defense cannot be found, even though Judge Mariani issued a material witness warrant last month.
Jury selection for Mr. Doolin's case has been scheduled for August 30.
First Published July 9, 2012 11:59 am