Jury begins deliberations in Penn Hills cop killing

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PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County jury heard closing arguments Monday and began deliberations in the case of a police officer who was shot to death in 2009.


Prosecutors say 35-year-old Ronald Robinson confessed to killing Penn Hills Officer Michael Crawshaw after he killed another man in a drug-related dispute, but jurors are debating whether Robinson should be charged with first or second-degree murder.


Robinson’s attorney contends that Crawshaw’s death was second-degree murder, a killing during another felony punishable by life in prison. Deputy District Attorney Mark Tranquilli wants the jury to find Robinson guilty of premeditated first-degree murder.


If the jury agrees with Tranquilli, the panel must then decide whether Robinson deserves life in prison or the death penalty.


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