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Testimony ends in ammo purchase homicide case

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A jury must now decide the fate of a woman accused of helping to buy bullets later used to kill a Western Pennsylvania man.


Twenty-one-year-old Chalsee Hughes of Duquesne is charged with second- and third-degree murder in Westmoreland County in the December 2012 slaying of 36-year-old Chris Fincik. Prosecutors argue that her ID allowed two men to buy ammunition hours before the slaying, which authorities say occurred during a botched robbery.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that defense attorney Tim Andrews argued Monday that Hughes wasn’t part of the robbery and shooting. He also suggested that the evidence wasn’t sufficient to convict anyone of robbery, a prerequisite for finding Hughes guilty of second-degree murder.


Hughes’ boyfriend, 20-year-old Earl Pinkney of Monessen, is scheduled for trial later in the case.


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