Clairton man acquitted of homicide charge
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A Clairton man was found not guilty on all counts Thursday of a New Year's Day slaying in 2011.
Lindsey Wright was on trial this week before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski. A jury deliberated Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning before returning the verdict.
Lindsey Wright's brother, Keith Wright, also was charged in the case and went to trial earlier this year. He was found guilty in February of second-degree murder and sentenced in June to life in prison plus seven to 14 years.
The prosecution claimed the men went after Tauvea Hurt, 19, in retaliation for a shooting in October 2010 in which Keith Wright was hit.
During Keith Wright's trial, the man claimed he was only a lookout, and that it was his brother, Lindsey, who fired the shots. But the prosecution claimed that two different guns were used in Hurt's shooting.
Earlier this month, another Clairton man was found not guilty of homicide in a separate trial.
Parrish Linnen, who was just 16 at the time, was charged with the Nov. 13, 2007, shooting death of Jody Burdette. She was outside the Uni-Mart on Miller Avenue about 11 p.m. that night when she was approached by a gunman demanding money. The man did not get any cash, but shot Burdette, 38, in the chest and arm.
There was video surveillance of the shooting, and a witness outside the store identified Mr. Linnen as the shooter. Mr. Linnen, who was a student at Holy Family Learning Center in Turtle Creek, turned himself in the next day. He was charged as a juvenile with homicide and carrying a firearm without a license.
A jury before Judge Randal B. Todd found the man not guilty on both counts on Sept. 6.
First Published September 21, 2012 12:00 am